Yup! It’s that time of year again! Finals season is quickly (alarmingly quickly) approaching and I’ve decided that I’m really going to be on top of my game this semester! Here I’ll be sharing some of the things that got me through last semester and some things I hope to try for this one!
1. Sleep well! During the reading days, fix your sleep schedule to get at least 7 hours!
I know — so much easier said than done. But over the last month, and especially over Thanksgiving break, I’ve really messed with my sleep schedule. But in two weeks I’m going to have to wake up at 7 just to catch a bus in time for an 8 am exam so… let’s all make a promise to sleep on time and not miss any exams! Not only is it obviously good for your health in general, but having regular sleep patterns can help you focus more, make you less tired during the day when you definitely should be studying and can make you more productive!
2. Plan around what times you know you study best!
Going along with the last one, a helpful trick I learned during last finals season (and throughout the semester) was planning the hardest work for times when I am normally the most productive. So, even thought I might sleep at 12 and wake up at 8 to get some of my morning back, I know that, personally, I won’t be as productive in those first few morning hours as I will be later in the afternoon. Therefore, I’d schedule the easiest material to study during that time. Overall, less time is wasted!
3. Schedule breaks!
Either keep them short and frequent or long and further apart. I like to allot an hour or two in the middle where I can relax or watch something. It helps me regroup and calm down. Also, I partly use it as an incentive. So, only when I finish a certain amount of work will I let myself take a break. I don’t feel guilty while watching, and then I can set another goal of work to complete so I’m able to take another break!
4. Study where you study best!
I know it’s way easier to sit in bed but making the extra trek to where you study best can help you be more productive and can help make you feel less tired or bored. You can also meet some friends and study together– which is way easier outside your dorm.
5. Play music that helps you focus
You don’t need to study in silence but maybe don’t play that singalong throwback playlist either. I really like to listen to lo-fi music and there are great (very long) compilations on YouTube which always help me focus.
Good luck this finals season! Just an extra reminder to eat good meals, only drink coffee when necessary, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself!