Finals Week Survival Guide

Finals week is approaching, and we all know what that means… a lot of stressed-out students desperately trying to make it to winter break. It’s important during finals to have a plan in place or a “survival guide”. This time in the semester can be really overwhelming. But if you take the time to prepare, you can not only survive, but you can thrive!

Finals can also be a time when prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are misused and abused at a much higher rate than any other time during the semester. “A study of more than 10,000 college students from across the country found that more than half of students with an Adderall or other ADHD drug prescription were asked to sell the medication to peers and friends,” (Simon Essig Aberg, National Center for Health Research). Many students don’t take into consideration the consequences related to doing this. Not only is it harmful to the body along with increasing the chance of a substance use disorder, but it is also illegal if it’s not prescribed for the individual specifically. Encourage others to have a drug-free finals week!

Here are 15 ways to survive finals week:

  1. Don’t procrastinate! Do NOT wait until the last minute to study and to do assignments.
  2. Double check your finals week schedule and have it written down in a planner or on a calendar. (So you don’t study and go to the wrong final on the wrong day)
  3. Create a study schedule so you know exactly what to study for each day.
  4. Make a study playlist if you like to listen to music when you are studying.
  5. Don’t be afraid to take brain breaks so you don’t overwork yourself.
  6. But… don’t take too many breaks. Example: I just read a paragraph. Now I’m going to reward myself with an episode on Netflix.
  7. Do study group sessions only if you know you all will actually study.
  8. Get plenty of sleep. I personally would study, set an alarm, and nap until 4 AM and then continue studying until my exam at 8 AM.
  9. Eat a balanced meal. Fast food or junk food will not help you study.
  10.  Drink some coffee or tea to keep you energized if needed.
  11. Take a relaxing bath or shower during one of your study breaks to relax your mind and body.
  12.  Unplug. You don’t need the temptation of scrolling aimlessly through Instagram or watching random Snapchat stories.
  13.  Make your notes organized and easy to read. It’s not going to help if you can’t even understand your own notes.
  14. Take a 30 minute break to go for a walk or some form of exercise.
  15.  Don’t participate in the nonmedical use of prescription drugs. You have a game plan, and you don’t need them. #NotPrescribed
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