Five tips for tackling finals

By: Alexis Schuchert

Many students forget to take care of themselves when it comes time for finals. Check out these tips to help you be conscious of your well-being and of the people around you.

Don’t procrastinate

As public relations majors, many of our final exams consist of group projects and final papers. The worst thing to do is to push assignments off until the last second. This can cause you to become overwhelmed, severely stressed and can lead to an unwanted grade. It can also put stress on your group members. Make sure you do your part and never leave your group hanging. The best way to handle finals season is to stay organized, stay focused and complete things in a timely fashion.

Get enough sleep

An important part of managing stress is getting enough sleep. Ideally, young adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Giving your body the rest it needs will help you stay on task, pay attention in class and allow better time management. Getting enough rest during finals week is essential. You want to be wide awake and ready to go for each of your exams, whether it be a multiple choice test, a presentation or an essay.

Give your best effort

PR finals often consist of group projects and presentations. Try your best to get along with your group and work as a team. Even though you may not like someone personally, learning to work productively and considerately with them is crucial. Work together to successfully finish the project in a timely manner.

Eat well & stay hydrated

Eating well and drinking water is essential, and can be easily forgotten during busy times. It’s important to eat three meals a day, especially breakfast. When your schedule is full of group meetings and writing papers, it’s easy to snack all day or even forget to eat. Remember to give your body the nutrition and protein it needs. Take time to find some healthy breakfast choices that are also convenient for busy mornings.

Stay positive

During the last few weeks of the semester, it becomes easy to slack off or feel down about yourself and your grades. The key is to be optimistic and confident in yourself and the success you want to reach. If you visualize yourself doing well and succeeding, there is a greater chance that you will. Stay positive.

Best of luck on finals this week!

Posted on December 11, 2018 .