Here's How To Actually Study For All Your Finals
It's OK, you can put off studying a little longer to read this.
Yes, finals season can be stressful and overwhelming AF, but it's totally possible to get through it — and to rock it.
But let's skip the introduction. You're here for tips. Here they are.
1. Decorate your study space with positive affirmations.
It may feel cheesy, but you'll be surprised how much a few sticky notes of your favorite motivational quotes around your desk will help you down the line when you start feeling hopeless, licensed therapist Maria Ulmer, executive director of clinical services at Summit Behavioral Health, tells BuzzFeed Life.
That, and it's an easy bit of ~productive~ procrastination to help you ease into the week.
2. Prep everything that you'll need ahead of time.
3. Assemble your support group, even if you like studying alone.
4. Block distracting websites ahead of time.
5. Don't just divide your time between exams and papers. That's still scary AF.
6. Realistically think about how much time each task will take before you just add it to your planner.
Scheduling is key, says Yip, but just throwing "Study Chapters 1-5" in your planner isn't really enough. Think about how long this will actually realistically take you, then block out that time. Do this for all of your classes and assignments, logging it by hand or via app, including as many details as possible. Even if your plans change, having a set schedule keeps you accountable and will keep you from putting something off that's going to take at least two full days to tackle.
7. Add relaxation and social time to that schedule — and make it non-negotiable.
8. Set certain times to check your email, Facebook, Twitter, whatever.
9. Accept that finals week is not a time to be a perfectionist.
10. Do not load up on more caffeine than usual.
You might feel like you need to double up on coffee during your marathon study sessions, but actually, you're not helping yourself at all. "Your body naturally produces extra adrenaline during exam week," says Yip. "Extra caffeine actually inhibits your learning process because you become too jittery and overly energetic, and it interferes with your ability to focus."
So stick to your usual Starbucks order and trust adrenaline to carry you the rest of the way.