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How I Tackle Finals Week

by Lauren on April 27, 2016

in Academics

While I’m writing this post about Finals Week in particular (since it’s on the horizon) this generally applies to every week for me. Never in my life have I made so many to-do lists. To-do lists might be a bit cliche and I never used to make them–but I found a really cool way to make them that helps me a lot. And it’s just one simple thing!

Here is a to-do list I made a couple of weekends ago. I know it’s tempting to push all of your work to Sunday but spreading out your tasks across the weekend(week) will make it so much easier on you. There’s some buffer room if you don’t want to complete all the day’s tasks. It can run over into the next day if need be.

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But what really helps is having a “done” list as well. After I complete a task, instead of just crossing it off I add it to another list. This gives me a boost of confidence, as the done list is a list of all that I’ve accomplished.

A few other things as finals week approaches:

  • Stay hydrated! I struggle with this one as I’m prone to drinking cup after cup of coffee to fuel my late nights. It’s also easy to forget to drink water so make sure you always have a supply nearby!
  • Consistency. Find a place that works for you and surround yourself with things that will help you focus. I have a spot at Fontbonne and at home where I go to get work done. I also have a Spotify playlist with both mellow and upbeat songs to help me focus and re-energize.
  • Take breaks. If I sit in my spot for long, I get acclimated and I don’t want to get up. Remember to get up and stretch and walk around! Or, what about a change of scenery?
  • Fun stuff. During finals week, it’s serious business. You feel like you can’t afford to do anything other than study and homework. I make sure to include something fun on my to-do list. I treat it like any other task–a must. So spend some time doing something you like to destress. (For instance, writing for fun really gives me peace of mind. I jotted it down on my list above).

Good luck to all! I hope some of these tips helped. Give the “done” list a try. I think you’ll find it pretty satisfying.

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It’s a bittersweet time of the year! As students, we have finals to study for and our schedules start filling up during the month of December… but, on a brighter note, the end of the semester is near and so is the winter holiday :)
Since finals and some level of stress are in students’ inevitable futures, why not learn how to best cope with them?
Here are three practices to do while studying for finals:

1) Roll with the chaos. Finals are going to happen whether you’re pulling your hair out or calm and collected. Which sounds better? Keep a positive perspective in mind if you become negative about finals week. Get enough sleep, eat regularly and be sure to make time for yourself over the weekend so when you do study, it’s more tolerable!

2) Eat balanced. Sorry, as a dietetics student I had to put this one. Although I know part of it is likely a placebo effect, I tend to eat what I think of as “brain foods” before finals. Eggs keep me fuller longer and contain choline which is good for cognitive function**. Therefore, I like to switch my morning oatmeal to eggs during finals week. Walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds and salmon have omega-3s, which fight inflammation and has been linked to brain health*, so I incorporate these foods in my meals and snacks if possible. Lastly, if you’re a coffee drinker- be sure to drink your coffee this weekend! The caffeine will help keep you alert and focused. If you don’t drink caffeine, just remember to stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to a feeling of sluggishness aka brain fog!

3) Take frequent breaks. You might be tempted to study for hours at a time, but you will actually retain more information if you take a break at least once per hour! Stand up, make coffee/tea, have a snack, take a walk or do a mindless Buzzfeed quiz… Whatever it is… Give that brain a rest! You deserve it. One easy way to schedule breaks is to set an alarm on your phone, that way you don’t have to watch the clock which can be a huge distraction to effective studying.

Currently taking a break from studying? Read Buzzfeed’s 33 Stages of Finals Week :) Good luck to everyone on finals & Happy Holidays!

References:
*http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil-alpha-linolenic-acid/background/hrb-20059372
**http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2782876/

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Alumni Posts

Scrambled Eggs

by Alumni Posts on April 28, 2014

in College Life,Faith

I went to Sam’s Club today and I bought a carton of delightful brown eggs. When I got back to my apartment, the first thing I did was make myself some scrambled eggs. Mmmm… they were really good. I follow Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for them; constantly stirring over medium heat with a little wedge of butter, when it begins to form, add milk, salt, and then take off the heat while stirring. Sooner or later, it’s cooked to perfection.

Uh…Why am I writing about scrambled eggs?

Because when I get the craving for scrambled eggs, my body clock knows that finals is approaching. Cue freak-outs. Grade woes. Cramming. The whole ridiculous foray into existentialism; “why am I here?” “why am I doing this?” “is it all worth it?” Granted, some of us can manage time better than others, but finals are always served with a side of stress. Like many others, I tend to eat my stress away. I’m trying to do better, I promise! But I also promise that I have a point with my blog post.

Scrambled eggs are really such a comfort food for me. Eggs are regularly a college students’ go-to-meal. And to some extent, eating eggs makes me feel like Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast”- powerful, confident, and goal-oriented. Just… not obnoxiously evil. But it’s the comfort I crave. The feeling that everything’s going to be all right. When you’re away from your parents, especially in a another country, comfort is not readily available to you. But the longer you live here, the more ways, and the more people, you find bring you that sense of, “everything is going to be all right.” Food is only one way I find that. I also find that through hanging out with my friends, accomplishing a summary report, going for walks in Forest Park, going to the Art Museum, and feeling the breeze on my face after this long winter.

A lot of changes are occurring and a lot of people are leaving us, but I am comforted with  my scrambled eggs, and also in knowing that I can trust Fontbonne to give me that omnipresent feeling that things will work out in the end, and there will always be someone here to tell you that.

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Fontbonne students and all the St. Louis residents, be careful this week because the real winter is approaching. According to KMOV.COM, “the ice, snow [is] hitting St. Louis area today.” We will have continued snowing this Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Fontbonne students please check your email, because our school already sent an email about snow schedule. If you want to receive future text messages about classes on snow dates, please sign up here: www.fontbonne.edu/text

Personally, I really love snow because it’s so pretty, but I need to be aware about snow days because it would be dangerous for driving and walking if there is ice on the street. I am hoping everyone can keep warm and stay safe this week, especially since this is our finals week. Drink some hot chocolate, tea or coffee when you study. Good luck with finals in cold weather.

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