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10 Tips to Help You Ace Your Finals


Student studyingFinal exams are around the corner — which means your stress levels might be rising. If you are feeling overwhelmed, here are some tips on how to study effectively, combat stress, and eat to fuel your brain for optimal performance

  1. Get some ZZZ’s: Sleeping at least six hours a night will help you rest your mind and start fresh the next day.

  2. Take breaks: Go for a walk. Explore the Zuccaire Art Gallery in the Staller Center or enjoy Finals Food Fest after 9:00 pm at the dining locations. Take a break designed to help you reboot and refocus once you get back on task.

  3. Have a cup of coffee: In moderation, caffeine can help you focus. East Side Dining will be giving out free cups of coffee during finals week after 9:00 pm, and Starbucks at the Library will be open 24 hours between May 8 and May 12.

  4. Eat an avocado: Avocados contain stress-relieving B-vitamins, so get your daily fix with SouthWest Chips & Guac, or add extra Guac to a burrito at East Side Dining.

  5. Turn to others: We aren’t meant to do everything by ourselves. If you are feeling overwhelmed, use the resources on campus that are here to provide support. You can talk with counselors at CAPS or call CAPS After Hours 24/7 at (631) 632-6720. You can also touch base with your advisor or stop by the Dean of Students’ Office.

  6. Make your own trail mix: Whip up a healthy snack by mixing ¼ cup nuts, ¼ cup seeds, ¼ cup whole grain cereal and two tbsp of dried fruit.

  7. Study with friends: If you can’t understand a difficult problem, someone in your group can help — or you can figure it out together.

  8. Try whole grains: Start your day right with oatmeal and whole grain cereals. Whole grains help to keep you mentally alert throughout the day.

  9. Use flashcards: For test prep, they’re oldies but goodies. Flashcards can help you remember important topics in a clear, concise manner.

  10. Change up your study spaces: It’ll help you remember what you study. Check out some of the best (and most quiet) study spots on campus.


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