EMU Blog

Mar 28 2019

Surviving Finals

by blogemu

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Finals are a drag, no matter if it’s your first year or your fifth year. As an upperclassmen, I’ve survived countless all-nighters in the library and dozens of exams, and I’ve gained some pretty useful information and tips along the way!

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CAFFEINE!! Yes, I ‘m aware that this is pretty basic. I would say I have an addiction to caffeine, as well as most of you might. You’ve gotta drink the caffeine at the right time. If I have an exam around noon, I’ll down an energetic drink around 9 am so I’m not too jittery during my test. However, if I have to stay up all night studying for the next day, I’ll drink some caffeine around 8 or 9 pm, helping me stay up all night and not crash halfway through the day!

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Get a Group Study Room! The library reserves rooms all year long, and studying is always better (and less boring) in groups! Grab a group of classmates and reserve a library room! You can also bring dry erase markers or rent them out at the front desk.

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Scheduling is everything! This is something you have to think about when registering for classes, but scheduling is key. I only take classes two days a week, which is killer during exam season. To lighten your load, evenly disperse your classes on M/W and T/TH. This will ensure finals season doesn’t creep up and you have 4 tests on the same day (which trust me…does not go well!)

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Color Coding. This is something I’ve just recently started doing, and it works so well! I color code my information with highlighters based on information I really know, information I kind of know, and information I need to focus on studying. This helps me narrow down my studying and focus on the things that I really need help with! It also is great for visual learners, because you can easily see how much you need to learn.

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Give yourself some breaks. The most important part of finals week is cutting yourself some slack. You’re in college, and that’s a huge accomplishment already! Take breaks, go eat, and get rest. Your body will thank you, and your grades will be better if you have a healthy mind and body going into finals week! Don’t forget, you’ve got this!


About the Writer:

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Hey everyone!  I’m Sami, and I’m a junior here at Eastern!  My majors are both marketing and communication, and in my freetime I work at DTE Energy as a photographer, and for the Detroit Tigers on their DTE Energy Squad!  

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