Surviving finals week

Between all the stacks of notebook paper, countless cups of coffee, numerous trips to the library, several hours of no sleep– every college student dreads finals week.

One of the things that usually makes finals week so stressful is that most students procrastinate studying. This semester, don’t wait until the last minute to do your work, take a different approach.

University 101 has a few simple tips for helping you survive finals week.


Remove yourself from the outside world. As scary as it sounds, it will pay off when you are more focused on your work than your cell phone and computer.

Turn your phone on airplane mode so you don’t receive texts and calls and get a self-control app for your computer to help you stay off social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

There will be plenty of time over the summer to browse the Internet once you’re finished with exams.


Create a neat and clutter free working space. Throw away trash and put away unneeded items. With fewer distractions, it will be easier for you to focus. Also organize how you study.

Highlight your book, color code your notes with different pens, and make notecards. Studying will be so much easier when all the tools you need are easier to follow.


Eat healthy that is. Don’t fill yourself up on caffeine and sugary sweets while you’re studying in the library. Eat foods that are good for you and will help you focus.

Stick to the main food groups such as veggies, fruits, grains, proteins and dairy. Foods such as pasta and cereal are great for concentration and broccoli improves brainpower!


No one likes doing it, but studying is obviously the most important thing to do during finals week. Pick the best method for you and go from there.

Review class PowerPoints, re-write your notes, make notecards, read your book, or even get a study group together. Whatever helps you remember.

Your professors are also a great resource when it comes to studying, as they’re the ones making the exam. Go in for their office hours to ask any unanswered questions you might have.


Before your big exam, be sure to get a good nights rest. Don’t try to pull an all-nighter with coffee and energy drinks. It will just make you more tired and you won’t be able to concentrate during your exam.

It’s recommended that you get at least eight hours of sleep, so plan accordingly. Maybe take a warm bath before or drink a glass of warm milk to help you relax and fall asleep easier.


On the big day, take a big breath in and out and relax. You got this! Finals week can be super stressful, but it’s not the end of the world. Have confidence in yourself and the time you’ve put into these exams. It will all be over soon!


Even though finals week can be a very stressful time in college, remember to follow these simple tips and you are sure to make it through with shining colors, and hopefully shining grades as well!

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