There is no doubt finals week is most students’ kryptonite. Believe it or not, there are some tips and tricks we seem to forget about when it is crunch time and we are all stressing out.
Sometimes we forget that although grades are important, our mental and physical health is just as, or more, important to take care of in the long run.
• Stay hydrated: Sometimes when we are studying, we forget that our bodies need breaks. Staying hydrated can curb headaches and keep your body alert during long study hours. Drinking water while studying is also said to have effects on curbing anxiety while taking exams, according to Dr. Chris Pawson from the University of East London. The body should stay hydrated to keep mental function at a higher level than when the body is dehydrated.
• Taking breaks: Although it may seem inefficient, taking breaks when studying allows your mind to rest, and gives you time away from screens or words in books. Planning breaks in your studying also gives you something to work toward.
• Sleeping: Students are known for pulling all-nighters and staying up for hours on end to finish assignments.However, sleep deprivation actually harms cognitive performance and is synonymous with poor academic success, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
• Staying motivated: We all tend to hit walls in our studying, writing papers or doing projects. Staying motivated ensures the work you are doing is the best you can produce.
• Asking for help: If you are not understanding a concept, it is never too late to ask your professor for a refresher course in whatever you are having trouble in.
When cramming for finals, as many do, those tips can come in handy when faced with a hurdle that separates you and the end of the semester. But, keeping your body and mind under control, staying healthy and developing good habits over time can be the key ingredients that carry you to winter break.