Finals Suck, So Avoid Stress These 11 Ways

Finals Suck, So Avoid Stress These 11 Ways

You will feel less stressed if you just allow yourself a break.

Finals can be a stressful week for college students, no matter if you are a freshman or a senior. There is so much studying to do and the workload never seems to end. We are all trying to get in those last minute assignments and extra credit points to boost our grades but there are some steps you can take to make finals and the weeks leading up to them less stressful.

1. Sleep

Sleep is the most important thing you can do. Sleep helps your brain to process the information you have already received and form connections in order for you to recall that information later. If you are constantly staying up late to study and then waking up early to go to class then your brain is not processing all of the information you take in.

2. Do not cram

This strategy of studying is probably the most common and also the least effective. Again, if your brain is not given the time it needs to encode the information you take in then you won't be able to remember it later down the road even if that's the next morning.

3. Drink plenty of water

Some of us forget to drink water throughout our day in order to stay hydrated and fully aware. Dehydration causes lots of problems and if you aren't fully aware then you aren't taking in material efficiently in your classes.

4. Remember to eat

Same goes with eating food. Do not skip meals to save time - you will regret it later.

5. Find someone with a cute pet

I promise you, seeing a cute furry animal will brighten your day and if you get to play with the cute pet you will instantly be relieved. Unless you just don't like animals, in that case, I don't know who you are but don't find me.

6. Exercise

Turn that frustration and stress into something positive. You will feel much better after a light jog or doing some exercises at the gym. If you are really into it you can even lift weights.

7. Listen to music

Music is good for pretty much anything. You can always find a song that reflects your mood. Try to listen to something that will either calm you down or pump you up, whatever you need at the moment.

8. Take up a new hobby

It is never too late to try something like crocheting or painting. Learning how to do those will take your mind off of the more stressful things.

9. Go to classes

You never know when your professor is going to be willing to throw you a bone and possibly even extra credit. If they see you are actively going to class and even participating they might be more lenient with your final grade.

10. Netflix your favorite show

If you are extra stressed, stop what you are doing and watch some Greys.

11. Have some fun

Don't be scared to go out and have some fun with friends. You will feel less stressed if you just allow yourself a break.

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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Quiet on the set.


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