Survival tips for finals week

By Zaina Salem

Get in the mood

Having the right mindset during finals is key. Focus on your goal and don’t give in to any distractions. Find an effective study area that’s quiet and open. Turn phones on silent and no matter how hard it is, do not go on any social networks while you are studying. Your intention might be to casually browse Facebook or Twitter for only a minute, but eventually it turns into an hour. Come on, we’ve all been in that situation.

Make time
Often we try to juggle as many tasks as we think we can handle during finals. Put off any unnecessary commitments that can wait until later. Your social life should be the least of your worries during this time. If you work, trim some hours off of your schedule if possible. Any extra time dedicated to studying could be the difference between doing OK on a midterm and doing very well.

Start studying early
Although it may seem strange to begin studying for a final weeks in advance, it will ultimately work in your favor. By doing this, you give yourself a larger time frame to review all the required material. Once finals start approaching, you will thank yourself for getting a head start.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to spend an equal amount of time studying for each subject. Think about each of your classes and determine which ones you need the most time on. Which classes are more difficult? Which can you spend a little less time with than others? Proportion your study time to what will benefit you the most.

Remember, you’re only human
A person can only take so much studying. Remember to take breaks throughout your study periods. Professionals say you should study in 20 – 50 minute increments and take 5 – 10 minute breaks in-between. Cramming is not the best method, especially when you lose sleep. Get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast to assure maximum attentiveness on test days.