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It’s finals week and many of you have started the stressful endeavor of studying for finals!

Now, you might swear by all-nighters and that “I-learn-better-under-pressure” excuse, but here are some legitimate tips for a brain-boost while you study for finals.

1. Don’t forget to sleep!

You may be tempted to stay up all night but getting some shut-eye will help you remember all that useful info you studied.  Plus, who wants to be groggy on finals morning?  Study hard, sleep hard.

2.  Have a healthy snack

A snack with fiber and protein will keep you from feeling that mid-day “crash” in energy.  Try a granola bar like Kashi or Luna,  string cheese and whole wheat crackers, or a bowl of cereal made with whole grains like Special-K, Kashi, or Multi-grain Cheerios with milk.

3. Get an natural energy drink

Try brewing a cup of green/black/white/herbal tea with lemon or coffee however you like it.  These are better ways to get quick energy than, say, a soda or energy drink with tons of sugar.  The bookstore in Ryan sells Noggin energy drinks made with stevia and green tea extract, in addition to cold-bottled Starbucks drinks if you can’t get off campus.

4. Relax and know that summer is almost here!

Trust me, I have to remind myself of this one too.  Don’t completely forgo studying because it’s almost the end of the year, but use it as motivation to do your best and not let the stress of finals ruin your mood.  Summer is just around the corner!

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Taylor

Finals…

by Taylor on May 4, 2015

in Academics

It’s that dreaded, yet anticipated time of year. It’s finals week. The term “finals” has both a good and a bad rep. The good is that there is usually a long break from school waiting for students once they finish their finals. The bad is that they actually have to get through their finals in order to get to that winter or summer break. Finals can be stressful, but I’ve came up with some studying tips to help you get through the busy week ahead.

1) Alternate between the multiple exams you have to study for. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to study for three hours for your Biology final, because that’s probably not going to happen. Instead set aside maybe a half hour to study for Bio, then spend another half hour studying for another exam, and then come back to studying for Bio.

2) Remember to take study breaks! A simple ten minute study break can recharge your brain and get your mind off of all the studying you’re doing.

3) Be organized and plan your week out. Figure out what finals need to be studied for and on what days. Prioritize your studying in order of what finals are first or which ones require more studying.

4) Give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve made it through finals week! It can be stressful and you might feel like you didn’t do your best but you still got through it and deserve a round of applause!

I hope that one or more of these tips will help you get through finals week! Good luck!

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One of the most important concepts to master in college is time management!  No matter if you’re a freshman or senior, you have experienced what it feels like to have responsibility for how you use your time.  Here are a few tips I follow to stay on top of assignments:

1) Prioritize by listing Lists are a college student’s best friend.  Make your list and number items on your list (Example: #1 would be what you need to get done first thing, #5 can wait).  Writing down your to-do list will also let your mind rest easy, so that you don’t have to have your monstrous to-do list hovering above your head all week long.

2) Take small breaks Think cramming in homework for 5 hours straight is the best way to get the job done?  Wrong!  Taking small break every hour will help you from homework burn-out and will let you come back to your homework or studying refreshed.  Still don’t believe in breaks?  Try stretching or grabbing coffee during study sessions.  You’ll be more alert and focused!

3) Get rid of pesky distractions Yes, I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and unfortunately, your cell phone as well.  You will get more done in a short period of time without an army of distractions tempting you!  Turn your phone on do not disturb, log out of social media, and focus!  There’s always another time for social media.

4) Have a meal or snack every 3-4 hours A few brain boosting snack examples include yogurt topped with granola, a banana dipped in peanut butter, or whole wheat crackers with low-fat string cheese.  Going too long without fueling your mind and body can wreak havoc on your study efforts because low-blood sugar can cause a slump in energy.  That being said, the more sugar does not mean more energy!  A modest 100-250 calorie snack with carbs and protein will do.  If it’s meal time, try filling 1/2 your plate with fruit and veggies, 1/4 of your plate with meat or dairy, and another 1/4 with whole grains like whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, brown rice, or quinoa.

 

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Abby

Staying Sane

by Abby on February 13, 2015

in Academics,College Life

While in college, it can be exhausting to try to stay on top of school work, exams, jobs, and a social life. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to follow to help you stay on top of it all:

  • Change up your study spot: Try a change of scenery while you study for that difficult exam coming up. Sometimes going to a coffee shop, or even just a different part of the library, can stimulate other areas of your brain and make the studying less boring and keep your mind from wondering.
  • Give yourself an incentive: Set a pre-determined amount of time that you will study for and then reward yourself at the end. This reward could be anything from a piece of chocolate to spending some time with your friends. This way, you will be able to focus on your assignment or studying and also enjoy your social life.
  • Lists: One thing that I use to stay on top of the many things that need to get done each week is a “to-do” list. I try to make a list every week, listing assignments, tests, my work schedule, meetings, and other miscellaneous things. This allows for a physical object to hold and look at, and it can be exciting to cross completed tasks off!
  • Choose your friends wisely: They say you become like the five people you spend the most time with; so choose choose carefully! Be sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage your well-being and understand your academic priorities.
  • Know your boundaries: It is important to get involved and join clubs and groups that are of interest to you, but it is also important to take care of your own needs above all else. Make sure you have a good balance of credit hours, work hours and activities, but also be sure you are getting enough rest and keeping your mind healthy. A good leader is one that knows his or her limits. A good thing to remember is: Put your whole heart into a few things instead of putting partial effort into many things.
  • Don’t sweat the small things: Remember that college is a time to have fun and it goes by fast. Keep in mind that in 20 years from now, you may not remember every vocabulary word from your midterm, but you will remember the friends you have and the memories you made.

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Do I See Winter Break on the Horizon?!

by Sarah December 2, 2014

There is nothing more satisfying at the end of a semester than hearing Christmas music practically everywhere you go, shopping malls filled with door-buster discounts, food cooking away on the stove by your parents or grandparents, family coming together, snow falling on the ground, and being able to put your feet up! Why do I […]

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Finals, Finals, and More Finals!

by Taylor December 2, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year we dread because of finals, but we also look forward to since it means winter break is coming up. Finals week and the week before finals are always stressful for college students. The pressure of doing well on finals is always a heavy […]

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November Showers Bring May Flowers

by Raven November 10, 2014

So, advising week starts Monday (help me… please…). I couldn’t be happier though because that means I’m one semester away from being a senior!!!! I didn’t get to this spot overnight though, I’ve had many late nights and study parties that I don’t wanna relive. Anywho, when I’m studying, I found that I do my […]

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This Human Shall Now Self-Destruct in 5…4…3…

by Sarah November 6, 2014

When it comes to the last four weeks of the semester, plus exam week on top of that, students as well as the teachers on campus really begin to slowly stress out.  Whether I like it or not, there are four full weeks till the end of the semester, plus the two full days of […]

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5 Foods to Fuel Your Study Session

by Hannah November 6, 2014

Many things can effect your ability to study, like where you are or who you are with. But most importantly, what you eat can make or break a successful study session. Food can affect not only your ability to focus, but also your ability to retain whatever information you are trying to cram into your brain. […]

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Study Habits

by Katie November 6, 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s November already!  Where did the time go?! When classes are wrapping up, it only means one thing… things seem to be going by at lightening speed!  (At least, this is how the past few weeks have been for me.)  I linked to some study tips and apps for studying in […]

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