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Five finals week tips

1. Eat!

You may think the perfect Finals Week diet is coffee for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but eating the right foods can help fuel your brain and improve cognitive function. Choose foods like whole grains, berries, and nuts, particularly walnuts. Be sure to drink plenty of water, especially with the heat advisory! A cup or two of coffee can improve mental acuity, but don’t turn it into a coffee IV.


2. Get a good night’s sleep

The cliche all-nighter may sound like the best option, but a good night’s sleep can relieve stress, improve alertness, and help with information retention. Aim to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep the night before, though doctors recommend 8-9.


3. Location, location, location

Your living room in front of the TV is not the ideal study location. Search for quiet locations. The library is always a great option, but Strozier can get crowded and noisy. Did you know we have other libraries on campus too? Try Dirac or Goldstein.


4. Quiz yourself

How do you know you’re retaining the information that you’re studying? Take practice tests or quiz yourself through notecards. Study groups are also a great option. Your classmates can be the best study tool for understanding and retention.


5. Time management

You may be tempted to spend the day at the pool and cram for the next 8 hours. However, studying in increments with a break in between can prevent cramming and help retention. Study throughout the week and create a review sheet to study 24 hours before the test. Information retention improves 60 percent when the material is reviewed within 24 hours of receiving it.


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