A male college student studying for final exams in his dorm room.

Reviewing books, writing papers, taking notes and doing online research: Final exams week can be a trying time, but with a few tips, you can make sure you do your personal best. Image from Pixabay

This week is final exams for most Mihaylo students. Here are some tips on how to get through this week in one piece.

Finals week a dreaded time in every student’s life–but it doesn’t have to be. Here are six tips on how to make your final exams easier.

  1. Study the material right before your final exam

Before each exam, review some notes on key course concepts and facts that are sure to appear on a multiple-choice exam. Consider typing up a short one-to-two-page paper with information you can study in the days and hours before an exam. You are sure to retain some of the material.

  1. Limit your study time on smartphones and other small devices

The tiny type size can give you eyestrain, which can make it hard to concentrate. When studying online or on your computer, zoom in to make the type easier to read. And make sure to take breaks, which will make it easier to come back to study.

  1. Exercise or get a quick walk in

There’s nothing like getting refreshed outdoors – which is all the more beautiful considering that we’re in Southern California and even in December it’s 70 degrees out! Especially if you have a morning exam, taking a walk or jog is a great way to get invigorated.

  1. Eat balanced meals

Make sure you are eating plenty of protein before final exams to give you the energy and stamina you need. But don’t neglect fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system strong, since many students come down with a cold after exams. Also, don’t overdo it with caffeine, as it can make you too jumpy and actually hurt your concentration.

5. Get good sleep

A research study involving 621 first-year university students in Belgium found that students who slept at least seven hours each night during the exam period scored nearly 10% higher than their peers who got less sleep. So make sure you allow for plenty of time to rest. Get a good night’s sleep so you don’t get caught by CSUF Naps when you cat nap in Mihaylo Hall!

6. Plan something fun when your exams are done

Having something to look forward to always helps – and you should celebrate the completion of your school year. Consider going to the beach, Disneyland or skiing or snowboarding (we have some great mountain destinations close by). After all your hard work, you deserve it!


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