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    15 Things You Need If Finals *Week* Is Making You Feel Finals *Weak*

    ♫ This is the finals countdown ♫

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    1. A runaway alarm clock that'll play music and run around the bedroom until you wake up and grab it — forcing you to stop sleeping in and start studying.


    Includes four AA batteries.

    Promising review: "This is my hero. I can finally make it to my early morning classes! It's definitely loud enough for heavy sleepers, easy to work, and is the perfect balance of annoying/not so bad. Overall, it's a total life saver for this exhausted college student." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in seven colors).

    2. An eight-pack of binder ring flashcards that can be hooked to your bag or keys, letting you sneak in some study time while you visit home to stress-eat everything your mom will make you.


    Each ring holds 50 flashcards.

    Promising review: "These are awesome little flash cards. They are great for vocabulary or smaller topics since they are small, but they are just what I needed. I love that they have the holes already punched and that they come with rings. The paper is really thick, similar to cardstock, so nothing bleeds through. I am so glad I bought these!" —abi

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. A visual timer for practicing timed tests and for visually reminding you when you need to give your brain a break. Go ahead, take a breather. Introduction to Statistics will still be there you when you get back.



    BTW, this runs on one AA battery, not included.

    Promising review: "As an adult with ADD, I keep this at my side throughout the day. It helps me conceptualize time in a way that no other gadget ever has. Using it keeps me on track and on time better than a clock, better than an alarm or stopwatch, better than anything! I love that it makes not one sound except for a tiny beep when the time is up, because that way I can keep it by my computer as I'm working and it doesn't distract me." —M. Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    4. A motivational water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated all day, helping you keep a clear head and stay focused through an intense study sesh.


    Promising review: "This water bottle is encouraging and helps keep me accountable for drinking enough water each day. The fact that it's pretty is an added bonus. I use it every day. It's a great bottle. It's nice and sturdy and easy to carry." —Kristie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (available in 34 colors).

    5. A travel pillow that'll be particularly ~handy~ when you need some discreet shut-eye at the library.


    Promising review: "This is a dream at home and on the road. I frequently sleep on my hands, only to wake up to an uncomfortable dead arm. This solves that problem, as it moves with my head and hands, keeping me comfortable no matter which way I turn. It's very useful for long flights and car rides, as it fits in a carry-on bag and is highly portable." —Sean Simoneau

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in three colors).

    6. A box of caffeinated caramel chocolates so you can have a well-deserved treat after you spend so much time reading about the history of Mesopotamia you start seeing in Sepia.


    Promising review: "These are awesome! They're great for a kick of energy while studying or a shot of caffeine to help calm a migraine! I love these." —Cheyenne

    Get a box of 12 from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five flavors).

    7. A Study Buddy oil which, let's be real, does not have magic powers to make you study harder. But it will be refreshing! And a few drops of this will make you smell a lot better when you pick studying over showering for three days straight.


    Promising review: "This oil smells great. I homeschool and diffuse it everyday in our classroom." —Jeffrey Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in six sizes).

    8. A box of Soylent, because finals are hard enough to wake up for as it is, a full breakfast is simply not an option (to make, or to skip). You're far enough into your Human Anatomy textbook to know that food is still essential and a handful of Skittles doesn't count.


    You probably can't survive entirely on Soylent for good, but certainly could this finals season! Each bottle has enough nutritional value to replace a whole meal. A bottle has 400 calories and contains 20% of your daily vitamins. Trying to imagine how easy this can make meal prep? Go ahead, drink it all in.

    Promising review: "I decided to try this after hearing about it on my favorite podcast (Stuff You Should Know), and I am so glad I did! I am a busy young professional who is moderately health obsessed. I found myself eating out WAY too often (several times a week) when I started a very competitive and time consuming job. Once I didn't have the time to meticulously prepare everything I ate, I began gaining weight and losing energy. I put off trying Soylent because I am a picky eater but I decided to take the risk. I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID! I am now drinking half a bottle every morning for breakfast and the other half around 3pm, and it has completely changed my diet for the better. I am no longer starving throughout the day and binging on takeout when I finally get the chance to eat. I am losing weight, saving money, and finally getting back to my regular workouts. Stop thinking about it, and just try it. You won't regret it." —ljg98

    Get a box of 12 from Amazon for $37.05 (available in three flavors).

    9. A travel blanket that's gonna keep you warm even when the library feels as cold as the crypts of Winterfell (you really should turn off Game of Thrones and start studying now).


    Promising review: "I'm quite pleased with the quality of this blanket. It's lightweight, soft, and surprisingly warm. Folding it up to make it into a pillow is easy. I would definitely recommend this for travel." —Bhaskar Madamsetty

    Get it from Amazon for $26.45 (available in seven colors).

    10. A pack of cute paper clips that'll keep your notes organized so you can flamin-go get that great test score!


    These are also an impressively passive-aggressive way to give your teacher the bird after finally finishing their brutal class.

    Promising review: "These flamingo paperclips are exactly as displayed and are nice and sturdy." —Mollie Montgomery

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. A pack of erasable highlighters to try and convince yourself that sunshine and fresh air are overrated — note taking is the ~highlight~ of your week!


    Promising review: "I like to highlight things as I review documents, but I have been known to get carried away. These are like disappearing ink — the best invention ever!" —camillie

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $5.90.

    12. And a pack of colored pens so you can write your notes in coordinating colors. Staring at nothing but black writing gets old (and hard to study from) fast.


    Promising review: "I'm SO picky with pens. I've ordered so many different kinds of pens throughout the years. I'm happy with these!! They do not smudge and bleeding through the paper is very minimal, that's usually not the case with other pens I've had! I am in love with these and will be ordering another set!!" —postmarked1987

    Get them from Amazon for $11.69.

    13. An LED book light that goes around your neck (no more dealing with clipping your light onto a book!) and'll let you study all hours of the night without disturbing your snoozin' roomies.


    Promising review: "My son loves this! He lives in a dorm and his roommate wants total darkness early. My son wants to read and study and this has worked for him." —S. Marion

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A to-do list notepad so you can keep your schedule organized and prevent a crappy finals week. It's categorized by importance, so even if you want to stop working on the hard stuff you can productively procrastinate your way through the easy things! Checking stuff off a list might be the one joy you have until finals end.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this checklist! The paper is a really great quality and there is a cardboard backing, which helps make it even sturdier. The note pad is quite large and is easy to write on." —Tony H

    Get it from Amazon for $8.46.

    15. And a study buddy, because you deserve to have someone around who will dance when things are dull, make you smile when times get tough, and help ~inflate~ your ego when you need it.

    Urban Outfitters

    You are smart! You've got this! Make that test questions its life existence!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.96 or from Urban Outfitters for $12.95.

    Feel free to be that monster who shows off their great grades to everyone. You've earned it.


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