Angela Zagami

Staying Zen During Finals

So, it’s that time of the year again: finals. Don’t worry though, you aren’t alone in feeling stressed and bombarded with work. But before you feel too overwhelmed with studying for exams, finishing papers, and trying to sleep in-between, here are some foolproof tips for staying calm during finals!

Make a To-Do List & Prioritize!


If you manage your time wisely, tasks don’t seem as daunting. Delegate a certain amount of time each day for your assignments and studying, and then follow through with those plans! Staying on track by using either a handheld planner or Google Calendar will help you remain organized and stress-free.

Take Breaks!


Do. Not. Cram! Studies have proven that smaller, more frequent study sessions are more effective than longer cram sessions. Make sure you take adequate meal and sleep breaks, and then resume your studies. You’ll be able to retain the information more when you feel rested and refreshed!

Do Things to Relax You!


Whether it’s going to the gym, hanging out with friends, or getting a free massage sponsored by the Student Government Association -- there are plenty of things you can do to bring your stress levels down and your endorphins up.

Unplug For A Bit!

office hoursTechnology can feel addicting at times; and while your smart phone and laptop may be helpful study tools, they can also be huge distractions. Going off-the-grid for while you study will help you to organize your thoughts, tasks, and absorption of information.

Reward Yourself!

giphy (1)As important as it is to study and prepare for your exams, it is equally as important to reward yourself for the hard work you have done this semester! Remember the importance of your mental health above all else.

Keep It All In Perspective!


The grades you get on these exams do not determine the kind of person or student you are. If you get a good grade, you should definitely feel proud of yourself... but if you don't, just remember that there is A LOT more to life than passing these exams. So keep up the good work, hit the books, and remember: when in doubt, always choose C.