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10 Study Tips to Survive Finals


Finals are stressful. Looking over what you need to study can make the stress even worse. Where do you start? What should you focus on? Have you forgotten to eat today? To help you study and get through finals week, here are 10 tips to keep in mind.

  1. Study with friends: If you can’t understand a difficult problem, someone in your group can help — or you can figure it out together.
  2. Change up your study spaces: It will help you remember what you study. Check out some of the best (and most quiet) study spots on campus.
  3. Use flashcards: For test prep, they’re oldies but goodies. Flashcards can help you remember important topics in a clear, concise manner.
  4. Plan your time: Keep yourself organized so that you’ll have time to cover everything before your test.
  5. Get some ZZZ’s: Sleeping at least six hours a night will help you rest your mind and start fresh the next day.
  6. Get Support: Seawolves run in packs. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can always stop by the various Let’s Talk locations on campus to talk to a counselor or call CAPS After Hours at (631) 632-6720. You can also touch base with your advisor or stop by the Dean of Students’ Office.
  7. Take Care of Yourself: Refill that water bottle. Take a 10-minute walk outdoors to clear your head. Eat a snack.
  8. Be realistic: Give yourself permission briefly to step away from what is stressing you. All we can do is the best we can do.
  9. Have a cup of coffee: In moderation, caffeine can help you focus. And now you can get your caffeine fix anytime: between Monday 12/11 and Friday 12/15, Starbucks will be open 24 hours a day!
  10. Fuel your noggin: There are foods that can fight stress and give your brain a helpful boost while you study for finals such as avocados, fish, nuts, berries and whole grains.

For even more tips, check out the Office of Student Affairs’ Instagram page. And good luck — you got this!

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