How to Prepare for Finals

Calista Freeland, Writer/Editor

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As we all know, finals can be both stressful and annoying. However, if you want to do well on finals, it is important to prepare yourself.

Sleep has a important and major affect on your physical health. 

Getting enough sleep really is important. Trust me, I’ve been there, deciding whether to go to bed early or to spend the rest of the night studying for finals. Honestly, I have never regretted choosing sleep over cramming in a last-minute study session.  Sleep promotes healing and allows your brain to function properly. If you do want to study last-minute, spend a few minutes before bed reading over the material. As you sleep, your brain processes the information, leaving you to wake up refreshed and often with the material mostly memorized!

Without proper nutrition, your brain cannot perform the tasks necessary to do well on finals.

Maybe you want to save time to continue studying, or maybe you feel sick from the stress of finals. Whatever the reason, teenagers are known not only for their terrible sleeping habits but also for their lack of proper nutritional intake. According to http://www.apa.org, “More than one-third of teens report fatigue or feeling tired (36 percent) and nearly one-quarter of teens (23 percent) report skipping a meal due to stress.” With statistics like these, it’s no wonder why many students are afraid of failing their finals. Eat a balanced diet that consists of vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy. If you prefer or cannot eat animal products, here are some easy and healthy meal options for you:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/healthy/g807/vegan-recipes/

Also, make sure to drink plenty of water! If you are interested in the recommended amount of water you should be drinking, here some information: https://www.slenderkitchen.com/article/how-to-calculate-how-much-water-you-should-drink-a-day

Postive thinking can make or break your final results!

“Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health,” according to https://www.mayoclinic.org. If you make yourself believe you can do well, then you will feel less stressed when taking your finals. Reassure yourself that you are not only eating well but practicing good study and sleeping habits. Then, go through with it! You can do this! If you are positive about what you are doing, then you will most likely have positive results!

For more study tips, visit: http://www.sylvanlearning.com/blog/index.php/10-good-study-habits-new-school-year/