By Taylor Schuebel
Its that time of year again, with the sun shining, flowers blooming and weather so warm you can sit on a bench outside without freezing to it (but considering it snowed over a week ago we shouldn’t hold our breath). It’s finally Spring…too bad you can’t enjoy it because you’re stuck inside getting ready for finals.
With only a few more weeks left of the Spring semester students are buckling down and are either studying for the final exam or working on a end of semester paper or project.
Even writing those words down is making my stress levels rise.
Personally, I have to say I prefer a final paper over an exam or even worse a presentation. With a paper I know what’s expected of me and I can easily space out how many pages to do a day until it’s due date while with an exam I have to study material that may or may not be on the exam and then deal with all that test anxiety piling up until the exam is over.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one when I say I HATE finals.
Sure finals are meant to show the professor how much the student learned and how much information they retained, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Now that the rant is over, let’s talk about some methods that may actually help with surviving finals!
Remember to not skip meals, sleep and me time. Food and rest are essential for a human being so obviously eating and sleeping regularly before an exam is important. You may feel like you don’t have time to eat, but even grabbing a water bottle, some fruit and a premade sandwich at the Anchor will help. Pulling all-nighters to study for an exam doesn’t really help. Trust me on this, I didn’t get a full eight hours of sleep the night before a midterm and it reflected on the grade. And always remember to have a little me time whether it’s reading a book, playing a videogame, drawing or going on a drive with friends. Studying none stop for hours will only lead to burning yourself out and forgetting all the material reviewed, so its best to give yourself breaks. It would also be a good idea to set a time limit for your me time. Last thing you need is to turn a break into procrastination.
Another thing that may help is, I hate to say it, to turn off your cell phone. Yes, parents and teachers alike have said this time and time again, but really turning ignoring your phone for a few hours while you study for finals can help with concentration. After all, understanding the material that will be on a final exam is a bit more important than replying to your friend’s “What’s up?” message.
And that’s it! All I have left to say is try not to worry too much about the score, do your best and good luck to all Millersville students.