Tips for a successful finals season:
Well, folks, it’s that time of the semester again. Yes, the gut wrenching, caffeine addiction relapsing, nail biting, lead-holder busting finals week! Over the four years that I’ve spent at Cornell University, I’m certainly less stressed than I was during my first finals. Now that I know what to expect, and I’m a seasoned finals veteran, I can share with you my tips and tricks for a successful finals season.
Strategize your time! There’s only so little time and so much to do! Sometimes it’s harder to get out of your own head, so try writing down the kinds of things you have to do on a piece of paper. I always list the drawings I have to get done for my final presentation so I can visualize my goals. And as a primarily visual and creative person, it helps a TON.
Make goals. Working towards something small each day is a lot easier to stay focused doing than working towards some grand ultimatum.
Take regular breaks. No one got through finals season by spending all day and night at their desk. While we may be guilty of cramming every now and then, it’s best to keep your head above the noise by pulling out every once and a while. It gives you the perspective to gauge your progress and think level headedly.
SLEEP. Please sleep. Please. So many finals tragedies arise when people don’t sleep for a day…or two…or five. Its scientifically proven to help you concentrate better and increase brain function if you sleep! So catch your Z’s.
Keep your desk neat. Document your work early and clear out the mess. It makes things a whole lot easier to see, find, and remember.
Remember all these tips, keep focused on your goals, and you’ll be okay. May the odds be ever in your favor!