University of California - Davis
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Nov 26 2016
by Akshara Nair

6 Tips for a Less Stressful Finals Week

By Akshara Nair - Nov 26 2016

I know, I know -- no one wants to be reminded of the upcoming hell week, but let’s face it -- prevention is always better than cure. So I apologize in advance for reminding you all about finals, especially during a much-awaited Thanksgiving Break, but bear with me.

It’s been over two months since we’ve all started college here. Together we’ve survived endless mid-terms, assignments, labs and papers. The stress for finals is building up. Here are a few tips to make your preparation for finals week less stressful, but at the same time, successful: 

1. Make Notes!

An old-school method, but really effective: Note making enables you to organize all the information from lectures and self-study.

Pro tip: writing your notes and not typing them makes a whole lot of difference and also makes revision easier as well. 


2. The Strange Case of Me and Office Hours.

No one’s perfect -- especially when you’re a college student and your professors know that. During lectures and revision, you may come across a few queries. Feel free to pop in during office hours or even shoot an email to either your TA or your Professor. If you’re lucky, you may even get some ‘insider info’ that may be helpful to you in your exams. 


3. Time Management.

The reason I chose to write this article despite finals being two weeks away is because I’ve finally decided to manage my time effectively, and trust me, it makes a hell lot of a difference. Have a planner or a To Do list to organize all your pending work. The best feeling is when you cross out the tasks you’ve already completed.


4. Group Studies and Discussions

This is a point that I found very debatable and here’s the reason why -- you either sincerely work or you don’t and end up wasting time. Try to find people who would actually take this session seriously. This way, you share and gain knowledge.


5. Look for motivation.

If you ever come to a point where you feel demotivated and just want to spend the rest of eternity on your bed, motivate yourself by setting goals. Imagine the long term and short term benefits of having a good GPA- you'll be hair-flippin' your way through the next quarter. 


6. Take Breaks! You deserve it...maybe.

Breathe! There’s only so much pressure you could take on and too much is never good. Get along with your friends for a movie night or grab dinner together, catch up on the TV shows and movies you missed or even spend time with your pet -- whatever makes you happy and relaxed. Personally, anything that includes a tub of Mississippi Mud ice cream is heavenly for me. Just don't forget to treat yourself every now and then. 


Featured image: Warner Bros. Television.

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Akshara Nair - UC Davis

Akshara is a freshman at UC-Davis from Dubai. She's majoring in Economics. In her free time, she binge-watches TV shows and re-reads Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the millionth time.

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