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Preparing for Finals Week

The dreaded finals week is almost here, everyone! This quarter I found myself a lot more overwhelmed compared to previous quarters, with exams, papers, and projects. The good news is once you power through, you can enjoy your stress-free spring break! As someone who is a champion procrastinator, these are some tips I use to help me get through finals week:

Turn off your phone: avoid all distractions when you’re studying. I like to use to use the Blacklist Chrome extension on my laptop to block certain websites like Netflix and YouTube because I know I’ll end up binging something on Netflix instead of studying.

Caffeinate: Coffee will be your best friend during finals week, because you're probably not gonna get 8 hours of sleep every night. I usually try to load up on coffee and take naps later in the day.

Always have water and snacks with you: You’re more likely to focus on studying if you’re not distracted by being hungry. It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated when you’re swamped with due dates and exams, having a water bottle with you at all times will make it easier to stay hydrated.

Plan ahead: I recommend studying and working on a paper the day it gets assigned, or at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead. Divide up your time between all your due dates so you don’t end cramming for an exam the night before (which you should try not to do)!