5 Ways To Survive Finals Week, College Edition

5 Ways To Survive Finals Week, College Edition

Don't take it personally if these tips don't work for you. Everyone is different.


Finals week is easily the most stressful time of a college students' career. It's crunch time. Professors and instructors are finalizing grades, not rounding up for anyone (even though I wish they would). Everyone is anticipating the upcoming break and, at least for me, that's what all the focus is on. Exam week is honestly so hectic, and everyone is on edge. The only thing that ever gets me through the week is that I know it's only a couple more days until a really long break. Here are some things that help me have a successful exam week.

1. Sleep is essential.

First things first, you HAVE TO get enough sleep. I know some people like to stay up all night because they think it will help them remember all the information they need to know for their exam. I hate to break it you, but that's a big fat lie. You will feel so drained and uninvolved. Believe me, I have done it before and it sucks. If you normally get 5 or fewer hours of sleep per night, it would be in your best judgment to shoot for maybe 6 or more hours. I promise you that you will wake up feeling great and prepared to take on that exam.

2. Eat something for breakfast. 

If you're anything like me, you skip breakfast every single morning and use coffee as a meal replacement. If you care about yourself or your grades at all, you will eat before that test. Something as little as a PopTart or a granola bar will make you feel full and give you more energy for what you need to get done.

3. Set many alarms.

Even if you wake up easily to one alarm every morning, set more than one. It is a very big deal to be late to a final or, worst case scenario, miss it entirely. You will be frazzled showing up late, so just do yourself the favor and set more alarms. There also is an app available on the App Store called Alarmy, and it makes you do little puzzles to turn the alarm off, so you have to actually get your brain working first thing in the morning. I used it for my first exam week ever and I woke up around 7 for a very important exam that I studied so hard for and I used Alarmy that morning, and I made myself do simple math problems to turn the alarm off.


There may be only one thing that you take from these tips, and I hope it's this. If you think you know the material for your final, study it again. And after you've studied it for a second time, study it once more. There is no limit on studying and it will really benefit you after the fact. I know everyone is so stressed out during finals week and everything is jumbled, but don't let your stress get in the way from you doing well on an exam. Any amount of studying will help you, just don't spend an hour looking over things that you aren't retaining or that won't help you on the exam that you will take.

5. Relax (not in the "lay in your bed" relaxing) 

It is so easy to get carried away in the stress of the last week before a break. Take study breaks every so often. Go grab a coffee or a hearty meal. Don't beat yourself up about taking an exam or worry yourself that you won't do well on it. As long as you are giving your ultimate, best effort, you will succeed. I know the overwhelming feelings of exams and how they affect students but take heart in knowing that you are not alone in feeling stressed out. It'll all work out for you.

Please take these tips as they are and if something doesn't work for you, try a different method. Everyone deserves to do well on exams after an entire semester of strenuous coursework. Good look on your exams this semester and have a great break.

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3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

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6. "Should we order pizza?"

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9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


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10 Things Your Professor Says That Makes You Cry Right There In The Lecture Hall

Shoutout to all the professors who let you drop your lowest quiz grade.


While we celebrate all the magic that December brings us, I can't help but remember what lies ahead. With only three semesters left, I feel as if I have college and professors down to a science. Syllabus week might seem like an extra week of break, but really it is where you can learn everything you need to know about the semester you have lying ahead of you. With that being said, there are certain things to listen for on syllabus week, and throughout the semester, that will let you know you have a rough road to ride.

1. “The final will be cumulative.”

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The key phrase that lets you know you are in for a semester of hell and a long finals week.

2. “Your grade will be an average of your 4 exams.”


Nothing worse than knowing your big first flunk is going to affect your final grade more than it should.

3. “Attendance will count for 10% of your grade.”


Better go out and get some coffee, because you are going to be waking up early every day for the next 3 months.

4. “There will be a group project.”


Not only are you going to actually have to meet people in the class now, but you are also probably going to do the entire project yourself.

5. “Most people fail the first exam.”


Dear professors, this is NOT the way we want to start our semester.

6. “This is not an easy class. You will need to spend time reading each week to prepar for each class.”


Don't let the beginning of the year enthusiasm fool you. You will definitely not end up reading that textbook.

7. “The textbook is required and you will need the online code to submit homework.”


I swear professors think we are made of money. Do they not remember what it was like to be in college?

8. “You need to put away all technology during lectures.”

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It is like a path back to grade school. Warm up your hands because you are going to be writing your notes this semester, and there is no way that you get it all right.

9. “Put away everything except a pencil. We are having a quiz.”


You can't trust a professor who gives pop quizzes.

10. “There will be homework following each lecture.”

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Join a GroupMe or make a friend in the class because homework every night will make for a long semester if you are in it alone.

If you hear any of these ten things, prepare yourself for a tough semester. You can do it, but it won't be as easy as having a professor who doesn't take attendance!

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