Skip To Content
  • collegemonth badge
Apr 20, 2018

27 Ways To Make It Through Finals In One Piece

Spoiler: You gotta study. There's no way around it (sorry, mate). But we can make the process a little more pleasant.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. Create your own study sets, flashcards, and games with Quizlet, a free online study tool.

quizlet.com

Promising review: "This app has helped me get through so many classes, it's ridiculous. Using the 'learn' function makes me retain so much more than if I had made cards by hand. I definitely recommend this if you are in college and pursuing an advanced degree." —Joshua Poole

Get it from the iTunes Store, Google Play Store, or the Chrome Web Store for free.

2. Take a quick power nap or give your back a little support during a long study sesh using an inflatable pillow. It'll fit perfectly in your backpack!

amazon.com

You could also use it for a camping trip, which you totally deserve to go on after making it through exam week!

Promising review: "As good as my other pillow costing four times as much, perhaps better. The contour of this pillow does a better job of keeping your head on the pillow, not rolling off in the middle of the night (as with my more expensive pillow). It is lightweight, too, not weighing down my backpack." —MChase

Get it from Amazon for $9.99. Check out other things that'll make going to college so much easier!

3. Make studying for econ way less intimidating by using a free timer app that breaks a long session into 25-minute chunks (with five-minute breaks in between).

itunes.apple.com

This app is based on the Pomodoro Technique!

Promising review: "A simple but effective app to prevent burnout while working or studying (I use it for studying Japanese). The Pomodoro method helps not only with keeping you at your peak of attention span but also helps with the much more subtle fear that feeds wandering attention and procrastination: the fear that the workload will never end. It's perfect and very comforting for overwhelming tasks that you dread sitting down to tackle. The app itself is so visually simple, it doesn't distract but reassures you with an easy to read timer. There's also a reminder that rings every Monday at 2 p.m., suggesting that you plug in for a session, which I rather found adorable. It's kept me from dropping the app and forgetting it, and as a result, put in more regular study time." —NobodyUnoe

Get it from the iTunes Store for free. Check out a similar app for Android here and here.

4. Save your neck some serious pain and prop your textbook on a bamboo stand instead of having to hunch down while you read.

amazon.com

Promising review: "This is so helpful when you have a lot of textbook reading to do. Definitely helps with posture and prevents hunching over. The quality is good, and it feels really sturdy and durable." —brennajmc

Get it from Amazon for $12.98. Check out other things you didn't realize you'd need in college!

5. Listen to a classical music playlist on Spotify when you want to be super focused on churning out that American lit essay.

embed.spotify.com

6. Keep your tea/coffee at the ideal sipping temperature with a cup warmer so you don't have to run to the microwave every 20 minutes while studying.

amazon.com

Promising review: "Love this. It works great and keeps my coffee hot all day as I drink a little bit throughout the day while I'm at the computer. Wish I had gotten this sooner. I do cover the cup if I'm away from the computer doing something else around the house, and the coffee is just as hot as when I left it." —JW

Get it from Amazon for $10. Check out other cheap things that'll make your life so much easier!

7. Create a study schedule several weeks in advance and stick to it, so you don't have to scramble and cram the day before the exam. All-nighters suck. Big time.

Dima_sidelnikov / Getty Images

Check out a sample of a study schedule! If you really can't avoid pulling an all-nighter, check out some products that can make the experience a little bit better.

8. Block out your noisy, nocturnal roommate by wearing a sleep mask and earplugs to ensure you're not sleep-deprived. You'll need all the energy you can get during finals week!

amazon.com®-Comfortable/dp/B00WRWKOKU/

Promising review: "My windows let in a lot of street light, and I often have roommates coming down to my room (I'm a college student living in a living room) and leaving the lights on. I wasn't getting good sleep but after buying this, my life changed. I can now sleep in the brightest of places. This mask blocks all light. A lot of masks I have tried let in light near my nose (I have a sharp nose), but this one is pitch black." —Chris Bordonaro

Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (available in seven colors). Check out even more products people swear by for getting better sleep!

9. Stay hydrated with a water-tracking tumbler because you could easily become dehydrated (and not notice) when you're busy poring over mathematical formulas and equations.

amazon.com

This tumbler has an insulated double-wall construction that keeps drinks cold for longer and reduces condensation. It fits in most cup holders and is BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "I am the worst water-drinker in the world — which is bad for someone living in Arizona. I never keep track of my consumption and tend to pound more iced tea than water, which only makes one more dehydrated. So in an effort to be healthier, I ordered this. I LOVE that it has little rubber washers (rings, bangles, whatever) that you can roll up the cup to keep track. I also love that it is insulated. I have no complaints about this cup. For someone who probably gets by on less than 20 ounces of water a day (and wonders why she has SUCH bad headaches), I consumed 100 ounces yesterday!" —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.70 (available in seven colors, four sizes, and three designs). Check out other things that'll help you drink more water!

10. Get yourself in the zone and tune out all distractions with a pair of in-ear headphones.

amazon.com

Promising review: "I am at work, next to the window, and there is a LITERAL JACKHAMMER outside the window. I have these headphones in, listening to music, and I can't hear it at all. If you want that in your life, these are the earbuds for you." —megallo

Get them from Amazon for $8.18+ (available in 10 colors). Check out the best headphones you can get on Amazon!

11. Have a box of snack bars on hand in case your brain and stomach need nourishment in the middle of a practice test.

amazon.com

Promising review: "PLENTY of variety of snacks. Arrived quickly. Bought this for people at work who were working long hours due to project deadlines. And they appreciated the selection." —Alicia H

Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $29.99. Check out other tasty snacks you can buy on Amazon!

12. Brew yourself a strong cup of joe in a grab-and-go personal coffee maker and take it with you to the library.

amazon.com

It brews directly into the 15-ounce stainless steel travel mug and once the cup is full, the maker automatically shuts off!

Promising review: "This is honestly the best coffee maker to get especially if you're in college. It turns off by itself after it finishes so if you're running late for class, no worries! It's so easy to use and easy to clean." —Liss Gould

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven colors). Check out even more coffee products that people swear by!

13. Feel comfortable and look cute in stretchy wide-leg lounge pants, whether you're just working in your dorm or in the common area. Heck, they even look good enough to make a grocery run in.

amazon.com

Promising review: "These are everything you want from lounge pants. Cute, comfy, stretchy, and worth every penny. Have had these in two colors for a little more than two months and came back to order more. My favorite lounge pants, hands down." —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $10.09+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 12 patterns). Check out other comfy things you'll want to wear all the time!

14. Find yourself a study buddy so you don't have to agonize over everything alone.

Paramount

15. Organize your notes (or mark up a textbook) with generously sized sticky page dividers and write down key points/pages from each chapter.

amazon.com

Promising review: "These are so useful! I am currently taking Organic Chemistry and Anatomy, both of which have already proven intensive, and these are perfect for classes like those. They are super useful to highlight the key points from a chapter so that you can thumb through these rather than hundreds of pages of notes. I highly recommend these for other college students." —Amazon Customer

Get a 60-pack from Amazon for $3.71. Check out other things that'll make you a more organized person!

16. Stretch out your hand using a finger exerciser when your digits are cramping from typing all day and all night.

amazon.com

Promising review: "Awesome product. Good quality, and you can really feel a difference between the different resistance levels. I work in a lab doing a lot of fine handwork (dissecting and pipetting), and this is wonderful to make my hands stronger and keep them from cramping up and being in pain after a long day at work. Highly recommend using this in tandem with a stress ball to keep your finger flexors and extender muscles in balance." —Kathleen Plona

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three resistance levels). Check out other amazing stress toys!

17. Switch up your study location by going outside or to your favorite cafe instead of the library. It'll keep things interesting, and it might even help you retain more info!

Monkeybusinessimages / Getty Images

This New York Times article cites a scientific experiment that showed studying the same material in different environments helped students remember it better!

18. Finish up the last of your revision in the comfort of your bed on a laptop table because frankly, you're exhausted!

amazon.com

Promising review: "It's sturdy and a great size that fits my 13-inch laptop, cell phone, Starbucks cup, and essay paper. It's roomy for your legs — I actually cross mine under it, and they fit! Great investment if you are like me, in college and have crazy amounts of essays to finish. I only wish I had found this tray at the beginning of the semester!" —Estefania

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors). Check out more products a lazy college student needs!

19. Save your eyes and skin from drying out in front of the computer by plugging in an adorable cactus humidifier.

amazon.com

Promising review: "This humidifier is perfect for the office. It's quiet — almost silent — but has a strong output of mist. I have really dry skin, so I sometimes just sit with my face right above the mist. I also place it right next to my office plants; they love the extra humidity. It's also super cute!" —john1177

Get it from Amazon for $16.88 (available in three colors). Check out the best humidifiers and diffusers you can buy online!

20. Squeeze in a quick workout using no-equipment exercise cards even if your schedule is tight.

amazon.com

Promising review: "This product is excellent for anyone who wants to improve their fitness. The pictures are great and the proper form written directions are very clear and easy to follow. I teach Physical Education and the students LOVE the cards. We play a game called pick six and roll — they truly enjoy the challenge!" —SuperS

Get it from Walmart for $14.39. Also, check out products you need to get a great workout at home!

21. Jot down exam dates/due dates in a planner so you know which subjects and assignments to prioritize. This way, you can space the workload out and prevent chaos.

amazon.com

This 240-page A5 dotted journal features monthly, weekly, and daily undated calendars!

Promising review: "I have wanted to try a bullet planner for a while. This is nice to start out with because it has the daily and monthly calendars already printed for you, and you can add in your goals or tasks lists or whatever, wherever you want. I don't think that I am patient or creative enough to draw all the lines for every month for the year when I can have at least that much done for me. It is a nice manageable size to fit in my shoulder bag." —Mshutch

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

See the best planners you can get online.

22. Create brain maps with an online tool, if you prefer diagrams over bullet points.

coggle.it

Get started at Coggle for free.

23. Mark out important information using pretty pastel highlighters that won't hurt your eyes.

amazon.com

Promising review: "I LOVE these highlighters so much. They’ve never dried out on me or not been the perfect color. I love the selection of colors in this package. If you’re indecisive, just go ahead and get these!" —Alyssa Fetty

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

24. Ensure your study area is tidy with a desk organizer so you're not constantly distracted by a huge mess of papers.

amazon.com

Promising review: "I absolutely love it. Works great for all my school books for college and the notebooks to go with them! My desk is way more organized than it was by far! Great buy — holds plenty of weight and is sturdy!" —kittenco

Get it from Amazon for $25.87 (available in two colors). Check out other useful products that'll rescue your messy desk!

25. Ace your French test with the help of a language-learning app that's not only effective but can actually be fun.

itunes.apple.com

Promising review: "This is coming from someone who has studied Japanese in college. I decided to use this to review and hopefully learn some new things. I think the key part of this app that may benefit a lot of people is its heavy use of vocals, which includes *some* examples from native speakers as well. Most of the vocal examples are slow and chopped up, which would help break things down for new learners, but your key examples of how you should speak come from the short clips of actual Japanese people. The greatest (and yet annoying) part of this app is just how much you review material. Every time you have a lesson where you learn something new, you will have like two lessons of review before you learn something else. I say it’s annoying because I already know a lot so I don’t feel like I need to review things a million times, but in all honesty, this method drills the knowledge into your brain effectively. If you want to get the most out of this, make sure you repeat back everything you hear so you can learn it faster and retain it. Solid app so far." —TJKlander

Get it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store for free (option to upgrade to pro version for $8.99+). If this isn't the app for you, check out another highly rated language-learning app called Duolingo!

26. Whip up a fresh and tasty dinner in a quesadilla maker when you get hungry at 2 a.m. instead of resorting to instant noodles or takeout.

amazon.com

Promising review: "Got this as a Christmas gift for my college student sister. College students don't really cook, so here's something she can use to make a meal that isn't ramen noodles or Cup-A-Soup! She says it works great and is easy to clean up. Perfect for a first apartment or college student!" —Bekky

Get it from Amazon for $19.99. Check out other kitchen products for college students!

27. Use a handy bibliography generator so you can avoid the tedious task of creating citations from scratch, whether it's MLA, Chicago, or APA.

citethisforme.com

Also, check out a similar app called EasyBib!

You, after two days of studying:

Cartoon Network Studios

Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

Shopping Newsletter

Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
Newsletter signup form