Rachel’s Survival Guide [Finals Edition] 

As an expert in collegiate stress management, I have five lovely tips to help you through finals weeks.

JOKES! Let’s try this again: I am college student learning by experience, and hopefully my tips will be somewhat helpful for you.

1. TAKE YOUR BREAKS

But you have five more pages to write and half of an anatomy book to review! I know. But at some point, a 10-minute break is worth an hour of extra energy. Plan a time for you to stop. Lay down on the couch, watch a funny YouTube video or call your mom. Don’t think about school. Your brain will thank you.

2. CHANGE YOUR SCENERY

Get up and move! Don’t spend all day in your corner of the library or your closet-sized dorm room. Go to a local coffee shop. Camp out on the quad. Move to the lobby or chapter room. This tip is especially effective if you’re changing studying topics. You will be refreshed and refocused.

3. PLAN MEALS WITH FRIENDS

You need to eat. Your friends need to eat. Why not eat together? Even if you spend 30 minutes grabbing Chick-fil-A in the food court and lamenting about the next 48 hours, time with friends is good for the soul. (And real food is good for your stomach.)

4. KNOW HOW YOU WORK

As fabulous as my survival guide is, the perfect study plan is not one-size-fits-all. Ultimately you know how you work best. If you need to find an empty room and study without any distractions, go for it. Someone else may need to find a focused group of friends to study with. In the end, you know what’s right for you!

5. DON’T LEAVE OUT GOD

Finals week is crazy, but don’t forget that God is there. Ask Him for advice on how you should study. Tell Him when you’re stressed. Praise Him when you get a good grade in a hard class. He’s with You on this journey too.

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