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Done with my first year | Surviving finals

Hello everyone! Hope your day is going fantastic!

I got done with my semester and finals! I finished my first year of university and I can’t believe it went by so fast!

Now that school is over I can finally relax and I feel like I can do stuff again. I can look for a job, work out, re-aquaint myself with my long-lost hobbies and simply be outside in the sun and enjoy spring/summer. What are your plans for the summer?

One of my goals is obviously blogging. I really want to be able to blog at least once a week, but hopefully more. Because I finally have time for it!

So, with that being said, I know that although most universities are done with the semester, some aren’t yet and high school isn’t out yet either. Here are some tips to ‘survive’ finals.


Don’t procrastinate! I know it’s obvious but let’s be real. How many times do you procrastinate your homework or your studying? Especially when it comes down to the last bit of the semester. Sometimes we are so stressed we simply can’t deal with it so we procrastinate. I know, because I did it too. But in the long run it just makes us way more stressed out.

In order to not procrastinate, make yourself a list. Use your planner, computer, phone, notepad. Just write everything down. And I mean literally everything. Like I said in a previous post, having everything written down frees your mind from having to keep track of it so you can focus on actually getting stuff done.

Write down your assignments, study times/subjects, pages needed, anything and everything. Keep track of the small bits of studying that get you to the big deal. Getting to cross stuff off a list is the best feeling ever when you’re stressed. So proactively give yourself the chance to cross stuff out. Did you go to the grocery store in between studying? return the library book? email a friend? Write it down and cross it off. You’ll feel more productive and you’ll be more productive.

But, don’t let your list overwhelm you! Take breaks and don’t overstudy. Short study sessions can be just as effective or even more effective than long ones. Or, if you like to focus for a long time, just switch between subjects. It helps so much!

One thing I worry about before/during finals is, if I study too much I will just be saturated and not really learn anything, but if I stop studying I might forget stuff! If you can relate to this like this post. I mean, really what’s the answer?

What I do is study a lot, BUT I take breaks and I don’t typically study the day before the exam. If you don’t procrastinate, you get things done and you start studying at least a week in advance of the exam, you don’t need to cram the day/night before. Give yourself that time off. And then, review notes and stuff a half hour before the exam. That’s what I do and it works really well for me.

Most importantly, remember to take care of yourself. Eat, drink, sleep. Watch something funny to give the laughing side of your brain some fun, go out to eat, do something that’s not studying somewhere other than the place where you study.

You will have time to do this if you do what I’ve mentioned above. Afterwards you might still be stressed, you’ll still be worried, but your brain got a small break. It’s common sense that we’re far more effective if we’re rested than if we’ve been up till 3 AM for the past five days doing useless studying because we’re exhausted and saturated.

So good luck with finals and any and all tests! If you’ve already finished, like me, good job! Take a break because you deserve it!

Here’s the breakdown:

It’s okay to feel like this during finals…

 

…and like this afterwards…

…you can say this too…

…but if you don’t wanna be like this…

…try what I’ve said in my post! 🙂


P.S. My sister is graduating homeschool/highschool today, so head over to her blog and congratulate her! www.thelighthouseofessays.wordpress.com

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