Doomsday Prep (Finals Edition)

Oh the confusing times of the last couple weeks of school. A time of happiness, anxiousness, relief and stress… all at once… yikes. Summer is finally just beyond the horizon but not until those tests, papers and projects are done! Have no fear, believe it or not, there are ways to survive finals and it all comes with good preparation!

Planners

I’m sure your teachers and parents tell you this all the time, but having a planner really does help! Setting off a few minutes to sit down and write down your finals schedule in advance can save you time later that could be spent studying. If you don’t have a planner, there are multiple other options for you. There are a various amounts of apps for your phone that can help you plan out your weeks or even just the “reminders” app that comes with your phone will do! Not only can you plan out when your finals are, but also plan out the times that are best for you to be studying. Continue reading

Don’t Study Too Hard     

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        With finals quickly approaching, so many of us are starting to really hit the books hard. Maybe that one class you skipped the fifth week of school turned into four classes you skipped, or maybe you just have a … Continue reading

Struggling with Senioritis: Suggestions to Succeed

Senioritis- OpinionDo you find yourself struggling to pay attention in class and really not caring about homework and studying like you did in the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself dreading going to class more now then you did during the polar vortex?  If so, you can tell spring has sprung!

As the weather begins to change you’re now waking up to the shining sun and chirping birds, and the last place you want to be is sitting in back to back classes, listening to professor’s lecture. You may notice your attention begins to slip and you have no desire to do anything school-related. Seniors seem to be affected the most around this time of year; us seniors call that “senioritis”. Beware, it is very easy to catch and hard to get rid of.

Senioritis predominantly arises in the spring semester, and it occurs when priorities often shift from academics to one’s social life. Although it is called senioritis, it affects students of all grades; however, for many seniors the only cure seems to be graduation.

Although you may want to slack off and ditch class to enjoy the last few weeks of the semester, remember you don’t want to ruin all the hard work that you have put in thus far, so here are some tips for overcoming senioritis.

Take care of yourself.  This is often a stressful time of the year because you are either trying to get everything done before the end of the semester, or you are busy preparing for life after graduation.  Your diet and sleep patterns can affect you mentally and physically, so make sure you are taking care of yourself.  Try putting aside some time to help your body and your mind by coming to a group fitness class, such as yoga.

Plan ahead.  If you avoid putting everything off until last minute stress levels often rise.  By planning ahead you will have more time to do things that want to do, and you won’t have to miss out on having a good time with all your friends.

Avoid cramming. If you spend a little time each day studying you will retain the information better, and you won’t have to spend 10hours in the library on a 70 degree day trying to memorize two months’ worth of notes.

Get motivated. “Your motivation at the end of your senior year … is a pretty good indication in terms of your motivation for the next stage of your life,” says Sara Hamon, the assistant dean of undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Don’t let slacking off affect your future. Participate in challenges such as the Indoor Ironman, to keep you up and moving to keep you motivated until the end.

Have fun. Your time here will go by faster than you think, so take the time to create lasting friendships and enjoy your college experience.

Steph Punda 🙂

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Tips for acing finals

FinalsBy: Eric Hess

While we are nearing the end of the semester and finals quickly approaching, many of people are going to be stressed out and it may seem like you won’t make it!  Chances are, you’re going to survive and here are some ways to help you through.

1. Create a schedule and stick to it. Schedule when you are going to study, when you are going to take breaks, when you are going to work out and whatever other commitments you may have. It is important to stick to a schedule and to not swamp yourself in studying. You need give your brain some rest and be realistic.

2. Eat healthy. If you eat like crap, you’re going to feel like crap. Which will make you less productive and sluggish. Exactly the opposite of how you want to feel during finals week. Rather than that bag of potatoes, grab some fresh vegetables!

3. Remember to set aside some time for your friends. Laughing is good and so is getting stuff off your chest. Don’t be so busy studying that you get stressed out and forget to spend time with the people that can help you out. You’ll go crazy and start talking to yourself otherwise.

4. Get proper amounts of sleep. It’s important to get your needed sleep. If you’re getting tired mid-day don’t be afraid to take a nap. A quick nap can do wonders for your studying. After you wake up of course.

5. Get some exercise. If you’re feeling stressed or just need a break, exercise could be exactly what you need. If working out or running isn’t quite your thing, we offer plenty of group fitness classes in the Williams Center including Yoga, Core Complete and Insanity if you’re up for the challenge.  

6. Back up your work! The last thing you need to add to the stress of finals week is getting almost done with that 10-page paper and boom…. your computer crashes and you lose everything. Utilize the auto save feature your computer probably has and save your work often.

7. Check your finals times! It may sound a little silly, but the last thing that you want to do is miss a final. Make sure that know when your finals are and make note of it. Don’t want all that hard work to go to waste.

Good luck to you all on your studying and finals! Remember you have almost a full month break after you make it through your finals! Remember to comment below your ways to retain your sanity during finals week.

-Yesterday you said tomorrow-
-Eric