Friday, May 11, 2012

Managing the Stress of Finals

Its that time of the semester where you can see the light at the end of the tunnel but still need to muster up that last push to get through finals. Walking around campus I can see the tired, bleary eyes from nights up studying and large cups of coffee in hand in an attempt to make it through. However time is limited for you right now, its so important to remember to take care of yourself and manage your stress the best you can. Think about setting up a study schedule for the next week and don't forget to schedule in breaks throughout the day to get up, walk around, call a family member or friend, or check your email. This will help keep your energy up, your stress level down and decrease the need for those all-nighters! 

Also break the volume of studying down into manageable parts - thinking about ALL that studying you have to do can be overwhelming. Instead think about working through one section, rewarding yourself with a break, then moving onto the next section, and so on. 

Above all else do your best to get some sleep - a nice deep sleep actually helps you retain information. So study, then close your eyes and let all that material sink into your brain and you'll wake feeling refreshed and ready to take on any exam! 

But most of all, don't forget to breathe....Good luck!