WRITTEN BY Tisha Lenon

Some may say it’s the most wonderful time of the year but let's be honest, it's not for college students. It’s that time of year every college student dreads, finals week. No doubt, this is one of the most stressful times in student’s life because it's the last chance for them to raise their grades (#NoPressure). With these four tips students can survive finals week with less anxiety. 

1. Stay Organized

It’s important to stay organized with all your class assignments, essays, and tests. Use a piece of paper to draw out everything that needs to be done or use your phone to make bulletin of important due dates that projects or assignments that need to be turned in. Set reminders or alarms to schedule the times you should be working on certain essays or studying. Make sure to pace yourself, give yourself time to work on everything and finish everything ahead of time. Don’t procrastinate, finish those final projects early so all you have to do is look over them for small errors before the due dates.

2. Take a break

Yes, it may be finals week and sleep may be the last thing on your mind, but it's significant for students to get sleep in order for them to be successful during this week. Let’s be honesty, getting eight hours of sleep can be hard, so taking power naps is the way to go. Take no more than a 45-minute nap to improve learning and memory. You don’t have to sleep if you’re looking for a break. Take 10-20 minutes for a breather to get air and process your thoughts. Take a nice warm shower, listen to music that gets you motivated, even take a quick look at social media. Those are all great ways to relax for a bit then get back to the school grind.

3. Stay Healthy

Put down those bags of chips and grab some fruits and veggies. You don’t need that third cup of coffee, try to get 45 minutes to an hour for working out. Exercise can boost your energy, and reduce stress levels. If you don’t exercise, a walk in the park works or just putting on some music and dancing it. Exercise can also sharpen memory, helps spark creativity, and improve sleep. So grab some friends and head to the gym or your local campus track.

4. Communicate

Struggling with a certain material? Can’t seem to study by yourself? Join a study group or visit your professor during their office hours. Finals week is very overwhelming and there are so many resources on and off campus that can help with how you are feeling. You could also talk to a friend, family member or co-worker, and at some point in everyone’s life, they’ve all felt stressed or had anxiety. Remember you are not alone and can get through this. Think about what you’re going to do once finals are over and have that be your motivation.


Ultimately, take care of yourself. You got this. 


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