‘Finals Prep Week’ Posts

4 Great Study Strategies to Tackle Finals

4 Great Study Strategies to Tackle Finals

Finals mark the dreaded final hurdle before summer/graduation arrives, and we’re nearly there. Here are my four favorite study strategies, which I used (with varying degrees of success) to tackle each semester’s onslaught of final essays, exams, late-night study sessions, and the overwhelming sense that I’m running out of time. Find a system that works ...

Editing: A test you can’t cheat on

Editing: A test you can’t cheat on

No matter your major, you will be forced to write a paper at least once in your college career.   The problem with writing is that there is always room for improvement. Teachers love to see students take their first draft and rework it until the final. That means that even though you could ...

Three Ways to Survive Finals Madness

Three Ways to Survive Finals Madness

Finals season is upon college students like the Plague was on Europe in 1348. Not good. If you’re finding yourself stressed out, twitchy, and about to start crying in the computer lab, don’t. Instead, follow these three tips to make finals a little less “gut-wrenchingly awful” and a little more “unpleasant, but liveable.” Stock your ...

Use Stereomood for Focused Study Music

Use Stereomood for Focused Study Music

The best part is imagining yourself in the pretty urban cityscape. Oh, and the instrumental Pixies covers. Those are cool, too. If you’re someone who has to have music to study to, preparing playlists can take up more time than the actual learning. Particularly if you want to have control over what kind of music ...

Keep Your Body From Falling Apart During Finals

Keep Your Body From Falling Apart During Finals

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">These people followed our advice and are flu- and rickets-free. Image courtesy of Flickr user MC Quinn. Licensed under CC 2.0

Finals are approaching, and for many students that means hours of studying supported only by coffee and occasional sugar-filled study breaks. Not surprisingly, this wrecks your health, lowers your concentration, and makes you a dead person by the end of finals. Laura's already done a great job covering environmental hacks for finals--now we're focusing on how to keep your body from falling apart during study time. Here are a few ways to avoid that inevitable crash-and-burn cycle so you can finish up testing and head home for important winter break activities, like chugging egg nog until your arteries cry.

Get a flu shot - As soon as you can (preferably before you start taking your exams), get a flu shot if you haven't already. Your student health center probably provides them for free or cheap. You may normally have the immune system of a horse, but long periods of study punctuated by lack of sleep and bad food can reduce your immunity--and you don't want to be vomiting any more than you have to on your Computer Science final.

That’s It for Finals Prep Week

That’s It for Finals Prep Week

#8230; I should have studied more. Photo by flickr user brdavids Well, friends. That’s it for our Finals Prep Week. Best of luck next week with your finals. I’ll be making sure to get plenty of sleep this weekend while cranking out my last few papers. If you missed any posts, here are all of ...

We’re in the Midst of Finals Prep Week

If you haven’t noticed, we’re right in the midst of our Finals Prep week. Remember: breathe. Here are the posts so far:   Rewarding Yourself for Studying Eating Healthy and Regularly During Finals Punish Yourself into a Studying Frenzy Mixing the Ultimate Study Binge Trail Mix Motivate Yourself to Study by Revamping Your Workspace Don’t ...

Don’t Be Shut In During Finals Week – Finals Week Prep

Don’t Be Shut In During Finals Week – Finals Week Prep

You’re doing it right.Finding a balance between serious study time and time for sanity can be extremely hard during finals week. Slaving over your desk might lead to you knowing everything there is to know about a subject, and you very well might get an A in class.  In that case, congratulations. For the people ...

Mixing the Ultimate Study Binge Trail Mix – Finals Week Prep

Mixing the Ultimate Study Binge Trail Mix – Finals Week Prep

Trail mix in German is “Studentenfutter,” which literally means “student food.” “Student food” in American is “pizza,” which literally means, “You are eating bullshit. Stop that.”  I have no idea as to the origins of the German word but it’s a great coincidence because this post is about how trail mix is the best study ...

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