How to Survive Finals Without Losing Sleep, Friends or Sanity

Tips and tricks to get through finals week without making your life more difficult.

Finals time is without a doubt the worst period of the entire semester: teachers become ruthless, students become cranky and everyone generally feels like they’re drowning in confusing class notes and caffeinated beverages. It’s times like these that really separate the men from the boys, and luckily, I’m here to teach you all how to be men (including you, ladies.) Gather ‘round for your end-of-the-semester survival guide:

1. Make a study schedule and actually (yes, actually) stick to it.

When it comes to studying for finals, half of the battle lies in deciding where to begin. Give every subject a specific slot of study time throughout the week so that you feel like you have a game plan. By the way, don’t be afraid to (gasp!) start studying way ahead of time. You’ll love yourself later on while your friends are crying into 50-pound textbooks.

It may not sound very fun to make an outline before writing a paper or studying for a test, but doing so will save you from turning into an overwhelmed, confused shell of yourself.

2. Avoid all-nighters like they’re day-old dining hall food.

It may seem logical to stay up all night feverishly cramming and drinking Red Bull, but by getting zero sleep, you run the risk of performing at the academic level of a fifth grader the next day. Avoid this sort of embarrassment by trying to get at least seven hours of shut-eye.

3. Keep your textbooks close and your friends closer.

The stress of finals may make you want to lash out at the ones you love, but remember: it’s not worth losing a friendship over your grade in Molecular Biology. Take a deep breath and remember that you and your friends are all in this together. If you can handle yourselves gracefully, you’ll come out closer than ever, like people who survived the same plane crash. Trust me on this. It's the stuff friendships are made of.

4. Whatever happens, don’t get sick.

A combo of tight living quarters, stress and lack of sleep can cause your body to conveniently shut down right at exam time. Do not let this happen. Hydrate like a maniac, avoid alcohol and get lots of rest. Stave off sickness until you’re home on your mom’s couch with no responsibilities and lots of access to soup.

5. Remember that outlines are your organized, caring friends.

It may not sound very fun to make an outline before writing a paper or studying for a test, but doing so will save you from turning into an overwhelmed, confused shell of yourself. With outlines comes the preservation of sanity and dignity and in these trying times, you need all the help you can get.

Now that you’ve studied up on how to study, go out there and show ‘em what you’re made of (none of which involves screaming, panicking or sobbing into bowls of late-night ice cream. Right?)

Quick Tips

  • Stick to a study schedule.
  • Remember to sleep.
  • Don’t turn into an insensitive jerk.
  • Take reasonable care of your health.
  • Hone those outlining skills.

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