The time for papers, exams and presentations is here. Cramming, all nighters and an endless supply of coffee (with extra sugar, please!) become a ritual for some as the last few weeks of school approach us.
It’s finals time!
The most headache-causing, hair-pulling, cursing-under-your-breath time of any college student’s semester can be very stressful. I've tried many ways to prepare for finals in the past but these three tips have got to be THE best.
Peace and quiet.
Whether you are in a library, in Barnes & Noble or your room, you need quiet. Here's a sub-tip for studying in your room: Put your phone in another room. Yes, that’s what I said. This will cut out additional distraction from your work and thoughts.
WARNING: Studying can cause hunger.
If you get hungry while you’re typing that paper, grab a light snack, nothing too heavy that will make you sleepy. My suggestions are pretzels or crackers, sliced fruit, and water or anything else that is light. My personal favorite are nachos and Lipton's green tea.
Stay in on the weekends/don't stay out as late/devote time to final assignments first.
I split this up into three parts because any time that could be spent finalizing a paper should be used. If you first devote time to an assignment before going out, it's good to complete at least 2-3 sections.
But if you do go out, give yourself a curfew. Set a time for your alarm to go off and head home.
My philosophy is to do it, finish it and get it out of the way. That way, you won't be slumped over your laptop the night before its due.
I hope these tips will be useful on your journey to finals. So hang in there, the semester is almost over.
This blog post was written by Jade Taylor, a student at Temple University.