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Friday, December 11, 2015

Finals Survival 101

FINALS. For most of us high school students, these next few weeks will culminate the first semester of school with our final examinations. It is usually one of the most stressful, exhausting weeks of school- but it doesn't have to be that way. While your mind is crammed with figures and formulas, try the following tips to maximize your study time and stay healthy.

1. Say bye to Instagram and Facebook!
I know, I know, it's hard to turn away from our smartphones, but you wouldn't believe how distracting social media accounts can truly be. Even just a quick scroll through your 'feed can add up when you consider how many times a day you are checking various media accounts. Don't believe me? I tried out RescueTime for one month, a tool that measures your internet productivity, and I was shocked to learn that I spent up to two hours on Facebook some days. Seriously guys, do whatever it takes: turn off your phone, hide it away, or log out of all your accounts. 

It seems unoriginal, but it is the best thing you could do for your body.  You wouldn't willingly sleep deprive yourself on a normal school night, and finals is no exception. If anything, aim to get more sleep. Get in bed a little earlier, as it may take longer to fall asleep because the nervous jitters and all the material in your head can keep your brain wired.

3. Eat healthy!
Stay hydrated and avoid eating a solely junk food diet. Make sure to have a supply of healthy snacks on hand to energize you, as what you eat can affect your study focus and test outcome. Try fruits, nuts (secret protein!), and veggies to start. The University of Kentucky has compiled a great list of finals-friendly foods to keep you covered.

4. Come prepared.
Don't be that kid that has to ask to borrow a pencil - and a piece of paper - and an eraser.... Bring whatever you need on test day, including your appropriate calculator, pencils, and note cards. This experience is already going to be stressful, so try to reduce the last-minute frenzy by coming at least with the necessary supplies.

Best of luck on your finals! After reading this, I hope you'll try these tips and sit down for distraction-free study time. Your grades will thank you as your hard work reflects on your exams. Best of luck :)

Written by Katia G., Homework Assistant

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