Underappreciated Study Tips To Get You Through Finals

5 Underappreciated Study Tips To Get You Through This Semester's Finals

As finals roll around, it's normal to feel overwhelmed by the number of classes you need to review and study material for.


As finals approach us, you might be feeling an impending doom of all the work that you need to complete and material you need to study. As in any point in life, it is important to believe in your capabilities to 'do the thing', but in this case, it also takes some measurable action.

1. The Pomodoro method

The Pomodoro method is an interesting tool used for staying on task, and there are various versions of it which you can look up. One popular version, though, is working for 25 minutes and then taking a five-minute break, repeating the sequence a few times. After, take a longer 10-minute break before returning to work. The website tomato-timer.com is built just for this! And, always let yourself build up to the max amount of time you can study without losing focus - whether it's more or less than 25 minutes.

2. 5-minute meditations

When it's time for those five-minute breaks, a great option to help clear the brain is a five-minute meditation. Using the app called Simple Habit lets you choose the type of exercise you want to do based on how much time you have available! It's a great way to calm yourself down and let more oxygen into the brain.

3. Set a study schedule

As finals roll around, it's normal to feel overwhelmed by the number of classes you need to review and study material for. Now, we've all heard to break everything into little chunks, but how exactly is that done in this case? Well, set study days! Allocate specific days (or parts of days if it gets to be too much) for a certain subject. That way, you can spend some quality time making sure you understand the material and are able to practice it without interruption.

4. Use YouTube videos

Sometimes, we can underestimate the power of a good Youtube video. I know that when I'm stuck on a problem, I tend to shy away from watching videos because they're usually around 10 minutes or longer. It sounds like a lot, but I think there's a tendency to see it solely as a video. What I mean is that if someone sends you a video or you find a video on a topic you're interested in and the video is 10 minutes long, you're more likely to go ahead and find a shorter video or not watch anything at all. However, think of it like this - spending 10 minutes on this video is saving you at least 30 minutes of trying to figure out what's going on just by looking at your notes or trying to ask someone. So, take the risk and watch that video!

5. Recharge with energizing foods

As you're studying, don't be afraid to have iced tea, lemonade, infused water, fruit, etc. with you! It can really keep you going and give your brain the fuel it needs to stay focused. Also, avoiding heavier foods will ensure that you won't feel lethargic while trying to study. Sip away!

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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