Finals Survival Tips
The end of the semester is in sight, but before SVSU students depart for home they must make it through the ultimate test: finals week. It is a time of high stress, little sleep, and lots of studying. Check out this list of survival tips to help students make the week manageable.
What would professors recommend you do? Go over your notes, study guides, and textbooks; form study groups. See more suggestions at Faculty Share Finals Week Tips.
Take a few minutes to take a walk or spend 30 minutes at the Ryder Center. Move around and energize both your body and mind.
Take a Break
Find a little time to relax and get away from your studies. There are several ways to relax next week including the P.H.E. Relaxation Zone to make your own relaxation kit, de-stress like a kid (think coloring and Play-doh!) and a little quality time with therapy dog ALY, to name a few. Visit Student Happenings for specific days and times.
Hit the library
If you haven't discovered your favorite spot, perhaps there's no better time than exam week to do so. Zahnow Library has extended hours, including the Z-111 computer lab. "Go somewhere where you’re not plugged into the Internet and can easily be distracted," says Philosophy professor Jeffrey Koperski. "This well help you to remain focused on your material."
Need a little extra help? Visit one of the many tutoring services/centers. Not sure about what to expect on the final exam? Check out your professor’s office hours or make a special appointment to be sure you will be adequately prepared.
Take care of yourself
There's nothing worse than getting sick during finals. Make sure to eat meals and take breaks while you're studying or writing a paper. Taking time to go hang out with friends or hit the gym is definitely good for your mental health. If you aren't feeling well, get to the University Health Center.
If you’re going to be up late on Sunday, Dec. 11, catch the “Midnight Breakfast” at Marketplace at Doan from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. "Eat healthy foods that will make you feel better," explained Katie Jones in the Valley Vanguard this week. "Fatty and greasy foods do not help, but carbohydrates give you more stamina, so eating pasta is a good choice this week." Also try to avoid foods loaded in sugar that will provide only a temporary burst of energy.