Finals are almost upon us whether you’re a vet student or an undergrad. Here are some tips I use to survive and even succeed…
1) Study early….This is simple, but often overlooked. Don’t cram the night before. Give yourself time to prepare.
2) Read the syllabus…It’s easy to ignore those pieces of paper teachers give out at the beginning of the semester, but they usually tell you what’s going to be on the final, the question style, etc, all of which is very helpful to know when studying.
3) Know your limits….I’m not a person who can handle all-nighters very well. If you’re the same, know your limits and don’t stay up all night. Chances are you will do better if you get some rest
4) Eat well….Good nutrition helps you think and stay healthy during the most stressful 1-2 weeks of the semester. Find easy ways that work in your lifestyle to avoid living off chips and coffee. At least take a vitamin!
5) Destress….If you’ve been studying for hours, take a few minutes to get up and go for a walk or play tug of war with your dog. You will feel better and be able to focus easier.
6) Find the right environment….Don’t stay home with Netflix on your tv and music playing and expect to study well if you need quiet and solitude. It’s tempting to try to make it through the seventh season of Grey’s Anatomy for the third time, but the library or another quiet place may benefit your GPA and final grade more.