How to survive finals week — a student’s perspective

On Monday, we gave you the “official” suggestions on how to survive finals week. Today, we offer advice from our cooler-than-cool  intern, Alicia Hooks, who has only one more semester to go before she graduates, so she should know how to get through the week.

Finals are right around the corner for most of us. Here are some tips on how to prepare for them:

  1. Study, study, study.
    This may seem redundant, but it is the key to doing well on finals.
  2. Make use of office hours.
    What better way to get the answers to your questions than to ask your professor in person.
  3. Form a study group.  It’s pretty self-explanatory: Gather a group of people (who will not distract you) in a classroom or quiet room in the library and crack open the books. These people do not have to be in your same field of study.
  4. Take breaks during your studying.
  5. Know your schedule.
    Finals week schedules can be found on your school’s main site. Here you will find Pitt-Bradford’s fall class schedule. The finals schedule is at the very end. Know it because if you miss one, it will be hard to make up.
  6. Do not – and I repeat DO NOT — procrastinate studying.
    Last minute you might find out there’s something on your exam that you forgot to study…too bad! That final is in 20 minutes. Don’t let this happen to you.

On a non-academic level, my tips are pretty generic. They are just about the same thing you’ll find everywhere:

1. Get plenty of rest.
Your brain will function much better when it’s not tired. Plus you will feel and be a happier person.

2. Eat throughout the day and definitely do not skip breakfast.
Having a well fed body and mind is important to being successful.

3. Drink plenty of water.
It’s like playing a sport. You want to make sure you and your brain stay hydrated.

4. Do not stress.
Stress puts unwanted strain on your mind, but more importantly your heart; it just cannot take the strain. Also, don’t allow your friends or other people’s stress to affect you.

5. Stop studying/cramming about 30 minutes before your final.
If you don’t know it by now, you probably will not know it in time for the test.

6. Stay calm.
If you have prepared for the test, there is nothing to worry about.

Those are some of the ways I have learned over the years to prepare for finals. I hope they help you. Keep in mind, too, that there are plenty of resources at your fingertips. =] Happy studying.


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