1. Check your syllabi.
Checking the syllabus for a class may seem obvious, but it's also commonly overlooked. Dig up your syllabi from the back of your binders or the junk drawer in your room and be aware of your final exam dates! It's easy to get days and times mixed up, and you'll most likely end up deleting the reminder email that your professor sent you.
Another Tip: Make sure you haven't violated any attendance policies, and you haven't missed any important assignments that count for a large percentage of your grade. It's best to clear these issues with your professor ahead of time.
2. Mark your calendars!
Now that you have your syllabi dates at hand, it's time to write them down on paper so they'll be easy to find in your daily planner. In addition to your daily planner, you should have a calendar somewhere on the walls of your bedroom. Having a visual reminder of what's more important than 'Netflix and Chill' will not only keep you motivated, but most importantly, organized. Seeing all of your due dates in one spot allows you to allocate time to complete all assignments and study for each exam.
3. Cancel Caffeine.
Removing caffeine drinks such as coffee and energy drinks from your daily routine may seem hard, but there are alternatives. Since caffeine is a stimulant, it can sometimes boost your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the harder it is for your brain to monitor and handle stress. That's definitely the last thing you need while in the midst of finishing the semester. Instead, try caffeine-free herbal teas. The common ingredients such as lavender, kava, ginger, chamomile, and honey are designed to reduce tension and anxiety. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be for you to focus. A great brand to try is Yogi, and they always have an inspirational quote on the tea bags. So creative!
4. Get the work done.
Normally universities provide a full day between the last day of classes and the start of exams to claim as a "Study Day". Use this day to decide which subjects you will study for each day. Don't try to study for all 4-6 classes everyday. Instead, pick 1-2 depending on the amount of exams you'll have. In addition to this, study for whichever exams come first. Then, begin to study for the exams that will occur later in the week. If you only have one exam, study 1-2 chapters a day, reviewing the previous chapters as you proceed. Reviewing past exams, making note cards, and referring to the class readings are great ways to study.
5. SLEEP!!! EAT!!!
Ignore all of the "Team No Sleep" and "While y'all sleepin', I'm workin'!" memes and get some rest. Despite how society may make it seem, everyone needs sleep! Even Viola Davis. Even Serena Williams. Even Misty Copeland. Sleep deprivation causes hallucinations, muscle/bone weakness, headaches, etc. These factors could possibly make you forget everything you've studied so hard for once it's time to take the exam.
Eating is mostly self-explanatory. We need to eat to energize our bodies. However, with back-to-back classes, meetings, work shifts, etc., it can be hard to squeeze in a meal. Think about it this way: that break you took to tap through Snapchat stories, double tap a few Instagram pics, and stalk your boo's Twitter could've been the time for you to eat a decent meal. Even if you don't have a decent meal, try eating whatever is in your dorm or kitchen until you feel full. (Word from the wise and broke college student.)
College is the epitome of struggle. By the end of the semester most college students are drained, broke, and just ready to go home. Always remember that you wouldn't have gotten this far if you weren't the hardworking, admirable individual you are today. Do what you want, and get it how you live. The rest is in God's hands.
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