Surviving Finals Season

Its that time of the year again. Unfortunately I do not mean Christmas, yet. Just before we get to that blissful couple of weeks where exams are over and we resort back to being children sitting at home with not a worry in the world we need to complete one more thing. Finals. This can be daunting, thats why we have created a guide to help make it as easy as possible.

1 Make a plan

As cliché as it sounds, plans make everything easier. Undertaking life is already hard enough so make it easier. Start out by making a schedule of all of your exams. Once you are able to see how much time you have between exams you can plan accordingly. Take into account the difficulty of the courses and prioritize them.

2. Study with Friends

Studying alone, especially in the winter can get very lonely. Try to keep your spirits up by studying with some friends. They don’t have to be taking the same class as you but having someone to take study breaks with will make the days go by faster.

3. Prioritize your health

All night study sessions might seem appealing when you have a difficult test coming up but not getting enough sleep can have a ripple effect into your overall health. Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night and making healthy meals. Keeping your immune system healthy will only benefit you in the long run! If you need to take some time away from the books go to the gym, have a dance party or just go on a walk. All of these are not only good for your mental wellbeing but also your physical health.

4. Take time for you

Its easy to get carried away when studying but we are only human! You need a break, take time away and get connected to your life again- I don’t mean on social media. I mean in your real life. Play a board game with friends, go for dinner, call your parents. Do anything not matter how short of a time it may by and socialize. Exams are important but so is your mental health so even if its only 10 minutes take time to remember the things that are really important to you outside of your education.

5. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself

Sure exams are important but they are not the all end all. If you don’t get an A on an exam its okay. These exams do not define you, you are more than what a final mark tells you that you are. Nothing is ever worth your mental health. This one is the hardest to do because your entire life people tell you school comes first, and it does in a sense. But the most important thing has and always will be you. It will all be okay in the end, I promise. Now go forth and crush your exams.

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