Monday, December 8, 2014

10 Tips for Finals Week!

Happy Monday everybody! Today starts finals week for me! *insert groan here* I have a love/hate relationship with it. On the one hand it means I'm almost done with school and doing nothing for a whole month and relaxing but on the other hand it means stress, stress and more stress. In high school I would start preparing for finals pretty much right after Thanksgiving. You know that one girl who stresses and freaks out over finals and makes those ridiculous study guides and highlights everything. Yeah I was that girl. But it helped me to pass all my finals and end high school with a 3.98 GPA and become salutatorian of my graduating class. So it's not all bad. Anyways, today I'm going to be sharing with you my 10 tips for finals week! These are tips that I've used to help me get through the dreaded week. So let's get right into it! 
listen to music// I love listening to music to help motivate myself. Personally music helps me work. I know some people need silence to study but music is  a must for me. I typically listen to slower, indie songs or classical music. Here are two playlists via Spotify that I listen to! Your Favorite Coffeehouse and Smart is the New Sexy. One of my favorite artists is Explosions in the Sky. Their music is so soothing and really helps me focus! 

stay hydrated// I always, always, always keep water with me. Your brain and body need lots of water to keep it functioning. Plus no one wants dry skin either! Water has a plethora of benefits! You'll need lots of it especially if you drink lots of coffee or caffeine! 

take a break// Don't forget to take a break every now and then. My system was study for an hour and then break for 10 minutes. Study for an hour, break for 10 minutes. During my break I'd get up and walk around, check social media, read a few blog posts, get another snack or get more coffee. Taking breaks helps keep your brain from completely breaking down. 

set a schedule// Like I just mentioned I would study for an hour then take a break. I'd study college bio for that hour. Then my next hour I would work on my composition paper. Next I'd work on anatomy reviewing. This allowed me to not focus on just one subject and run out of the time for the rest. I got in a little bit of everything! 

use resources// This may be the most important thing I can stress. USE YOUR RESOURCES!! Whether that be notes, lectures, powerpoints, textbooks, your friends/classmates, flashcards, going to see your professor or even the Internet use your resources! They will help you in the long run I swear. If I didn't understand a concept I would go see my teachers and have them explain it to me. It helped so incredibly much. I noticed a huge difference when I did and when I didn't on my tests. Take 10 minutes and go see them. 

clean study area// Having a clean study area will improve your studying and keep you motivated. I know when my room/desk is a mess I'm waaay less motivated to work than when it's clean. Throw away trash, pick up unnecessary things and put them away, keep things organized. Cleanliness is next to godliness. 

turn off distractions// I'm super bad at this. I'm a constant social media checker. This is not cconduciveto studying time. Turn off your phone, tablet, computer if you're not using it. There's even apps and programs you can install that you can set to block certain websites like Twitter or Youtube. Turning off your electronics helps keep you focused on what you're studying and doesn't interrupt the flow.  

be prepared// Make sure you have all your notes, lectures, textbooks, study guides, pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, computer, charger, etc., with you. If you have everything you need to have then it makes studying 100% easier. Having all your papers everywhere and spending 10 minutes looking for something doesn't help your studying and wastes precious time. Be prepared like a Girl Scout. 

write it out// Writing things out that you need to remember will help you remember it much more if you just read it. Create yourself a study guide. Here's a great example of one! 

 You can even be creative and use fun colors or markers to create it! Just write it out! 

stay comfortable// Stay comfortable but not too comfortable. Don't wear your pajamas to study or your prom dress. I know for me if I wear my pajamas to study I want to crawl in bed and watch Netflix. Probs not a good idea. Leggings, jeggings, a long sleeve tee or pullover are good options that allow you to be comfortable and cute! 

change locations// Bored and can't focus? Read the same paragraph 10 times already and it's just not clicking? Try changing up your location! The library is a great place to study. It's quiet and the change of scenery might be the thing you need to help you remember what the different kingdoms are. 

So there you go 10 tips to help you with finals! I hope that these will help you study and get yourself ready for finals! 

What study tips do you have for finals? Leave me a comment letting me know! :) 

Happy studying and good luck to everyone taking finals! 

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  1. I always had to set a schedule for myself cuz I got distracted easily.
    xx, Jodi

    1. Me too Jodi! Schedules are my friend during finals week! Instagram and Twitter are great distractors! Lol.

  2. A lot of your recommendations are supported by Psychology! Just for fun (and what would finals week be without a little extra knowledge to cram in your head) I'll tell you the fancy word for what you alluded to in the discussion about your schedule. You mentioned changing topics after studying for a while--this is called "interleaving." It can be applied by changing topics all together, or just doing different types of studying (e.g., rereading, quizzing, making connections) or materials (e.g., flashcards, study guides, performance-type tasks.)

    Happy studying!! I won't show how detailed I have to make my schedule for each day in order to stay on's embarrassing lol.

    1. That's so cool! So there is science behind studying for finals! My schedule wasn't as bad as it was in high school. Let's just say color coding was involved! Haha!

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