Thursday, December 4, 2008

Study Day

Can you believe the semester is almost over??!!! The last few weeks of school always go so quick. The end of the semester is always great, especially in the fall, because a long break for the holidays are in your future.

Unfortunately, in the near future is a harsh reality: final exams week!!! This is the time of the year when it's not so fun to be a college student. As finals approach, Dec. 5-11, the day reserved for studying, Dec. 4, helps students relax, prepare for the most stressful time of the semester and, for some, actually study. Some use the day as a break, as a stress reliever and maybe a way to clear out minds and prepare ourselves for that final push of the semester. Take some time from your busy schedule to eat and relax before final exams.

Students’ first goal is to ace the exams, or at least get a decent grade and do as well as possible. Second, there's keeping your sanity! We want to get through exams with a minimum amount of stress and anxiety.

Here are some study tips for final exams to help you do well and stay sane!!

  • Game plan. Plan, plan, plan. Before finals begin, get out your calendar and schedule as much of your finals week as possible. Stick to the schedule.
  • Clear your schedule. Work fewer hours, put off family and social events.

  • Sleep. Some people can do well on a few hours of sleep but most can’t. You will be able to focus and do well with a decent amount of sleep.

  • Study breaks. Don't plan to study non-stop for the next few days. You will fry your brain and there goes that A-. Take a little break like going for a walk, watching a movie or some TV, or having a snack.

  • Exercise. It is a great stress reliever!

  • Prioritize. You only have so many hours to study and will have to choose what to spend the most time on. It's up to you.

  • Study groups. Sometimes it is easier to study with other people.

  • Ask your professor or Librarian for help. If you're confused about your notes or the readings, go to the expert.

  • Keep it all in perspective. What's the worst thing that can happen if you don't do well on this one test? Relax much as you can.

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