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    Finals Week Tips

    by Meghan Kowalski on 2024-04-27T08:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

    There's only one hurdle left before summer break. Finals week starts April 30. If you need a quiet place to spread out and get work done, head to the library! We'll be open all week.

    No matter where you decide to work, here are some tips to help you succeed:

    • Re-read/Organize Your notes: The notes you took for a class a month ago may be in your own handwriting or in language you wrote yourself, but they may seem like gibberish if you haven’t reviewed them in a while. A great way to use your notes is to put them into categories to help make things clearer. Try something like creating a study guide by topic, rewriting your notes as needed.
    • Turn on Airplane Mode: The Internet is great, but it can be a huge distraction. If you find yourself scrolling through Instagram when you should be working, put your phone on airplane mode. You can also turn off all notifications for the duration of finals. The fewer distractions you have, the easier it will be for you to focus on your work. 
    • Find a Soundtrack: Find the sounds that work for you. If you like silence, get some earplugs or noise cancelling headphones. If you like a busy background, put on a coffeeshop website or try some ASMR. Another fun option is video game music. It's designed to keep you focused for long periods of time
    • Sleep: Go to bed! Trust us. Cramming never works – sleep does. 
    • Take breaks: For every hour you work, take a 10-minute break. You can set a timer if you need a reminder to get back to the books, but you need to step away from your work occasionally to give yourself the best chance of success.
    • Treat Yo’ Self!: After each study session, test, or paper due date, reward yourself with something you love. This can be as simple as an episode of your favorite show or your favorite snack. Rewarding yourself not only makes you happy, it gives you something to look forward to.
    • Find support: Connect with your classmates, friends, and family - think of them as your personal cheerleaders. This includes the library - we are so ready to give you a pep talk and high-fives!

    Have a tip to share? Post it in the comments or share it on social media with the hashtag #FirebirdFinals.

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