Down To A Science: Final Exam Survival Tips!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Final exams are very, very, very stressful for students. There is tons of information to review and seemingly not enough time. This is definitely a time where it's easy to let yourself go. Fast (junk) food, coffee, energy drinks, and no sleep is a recipe for disaster. Not to mention the urge to wear sweatpants or pajamas to school! Sadly, I am very far from mastering exam season like a pro - but I have some tips that will make this time more bearable!

1. Eat!
It's easy to enter starvation nation when you've got to cram 5 chapters by morning - but don't! Take a break once in a while to eat a nutritious meal. Your body will thank you - and you will most likely end up retaining more of the information that you are studying! Your brain needs food!

2. Sleep
This is very, very hard sometimes, I know - but it's very important! Students need around 9 hours of sleep per night. This is the time where your body repairs and refreshes itself, so it's important not to skip it. Sleep is also thought to help you process and retain information, so instead of chugging another energy drink - hit the hay!

3. Cut down on caffeine
I love coffee and I don't dispute that it gives a great boost when you're feeling sluggish! Don't overdo it though. Coffee and energy drinks can make you shaky, thirsty and interfere with your sleep cycle. If you follow the first two tips - you should have enough energy to not have to rely on coffee (though a cup or two isn't so bad!) 

4. Take breaks!
This is something I am guilty of not doing! During final exam season, I feel bad if I'm doing anything but studying. It's really important, though, to take breaks. If you're stuck on a concept or question, take a break by meditating or taking a brisk walk. These activities will clear your mind and help you tackle challenges with a fresh pair of eyes! 

5. Dress for success
I am a firm believer in the saying, "Dress for the job you want, not the one you have." This mentality can be applied to the way you get dressed for study sessions or the test itself. Comfortable and chic do not have to be mutually exclusive and chances are you will feel more confident if you look your best! Jeans, a button up and a neat ponytail do not take much effort and will definitely make you stand out among your pajama clad peers. 
I know this is a stressful time - but we can get through it!

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  1. Love these tips! I have a post similar! Check it out!


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