The Candor

Staying Relaxed and Prepared during Finals

By: Claire Kositzky

The last week of school and the week of finals can be the most stressful time in a college student’s life. We stay up for long periods of time cramming useless information, sacrificing our precious sleep time. We tend to eat unhealthy foods because it is a quick fix during studying to calm our rumbling stomachs. As result, some of us suffer from colds as consequence to not getting enough sleep and the right nutrients. Here are some helpful tips to stay relaxed during these stressful times.
Eat a balanced breakfast. Indulge in foods that are high in fiber and protein to keep you feeling full longer. It may take time to make, but it will be well worth it later on during the day when you can stay focused instead of hungry. When you do need a snack, reach for a piece of fruit, granola bar or yogurt instead of the bag of chips.
Go to bed when you feel tired and wake up early. When you start to feel tired, go to bed. Set your alarm for eight hours later and then wake up early to study. Believe it or not, most people retain information better in the morning than later in the day or at night.
Take breaks every couple of hours. If you bombard yourself with piles of notebooks to study from all day, you will over study. We all know how the after effects of over-studying. Study for as long as you need to in order to feel prepared then take a small break. Once the break is over, move on to the next subject. Suggestions for break activities would be to grab frozen yogurt with a friend, paint your nails, throw a football or take a short nap.
The key to studying is managing your time. If you can manage your time efficiently and effectively, as well as retaining all-important information, you can stay prepared for finals.