Studying for finals, the easy way

Colleen Roach, Staff writer

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That wonderful time of year is fast approaching: a time of coffee, studying and missing our old sleep schedule. This time is otherwise known as finals.

Some may be worried about how to study or how to keep from getting stressed during the week of finals. Well, have no fear; this list of healthy study habits should save you from the long nights of project perfecting.

  • Schedule studying times. This may seem like a lot of work in addition to studying, but this is something that has helped me for a while. By scheduling set times for you to study for certain exams, you avoid cramming information the night before or missing something to study for.
  • Study right before you go to bed. The brain strengthens new memories while asleep, according to the United States National Library of Medicine. Therefore, reading over your notes just before going to bed will help you retain the information.
  • Rewrite your notes. Studies show that rewriting your notes helps you retain information. According to Digitizing Literacy, writing down information instead of typing it helps the new information be stored in our memory. So go back through your notes, and write a study guide of important details.

Another issue that some may face is how to keep from getting too stressed during finals. Here are some ways to prevent stress.

  • Eat a healthy diet. This may be difficult to do with the limited resources a college student has, but it can be done. For starters, try to avoid caffeine and sugar. I find herbal teas, like chamomile, really help reduce stress. Also, try including more foods that increase brainpower in your diet. “There are some foods that have been shown to improve brain function, protect against age-associated cognitive decline and encourage focus and clarity,” according to the Huffington Post. These foods include spinach, salmon and walnuts.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. This cannot be stressed enough. Sleeping helps refresh both your mind and body.

In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions,” according to Harvard Medical School.

Always make sure to get a full seven or eight hours of sleep the night before a big test.

Also, don’t forget that our campus offers tutoring services at places like the Academic Skills Center and the Math Lab. Be sure to take advantage of these services if you feel that you need the extra help. During finals week, the Edens Library will be open Sunday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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