As finals week approaches for many veterinary students across the country, the pressure is on to get through day after day of tests. With that in mind, here are a few tips I have found useful for surviving finals:
1) Get some sleep – Now that may sound impossible, but in vet school finals are not usually a sprint. They go on over a period of 7-10 days, and for me the worst thing I can do is to is burn myself out by not sleeping in the first day or two. I usually try to sleep at least 5 hours a night and add in a few power naps a day.
2) Eat right – It is tempting to live off a diet of caffeinated beverages and pizza during finals week, but that only tears down your immune system. I try to cook ahead of time and keep some meals saved in the freezer so that I can have some healthy food to eat.
3) Stay or get organized – I make staying organized throughout the semester a priority, because going into finals I don’t want to be looking for notes or trying to get things together. If that didn’t happen, the best thing I recommend is to get organized before you start studying for each exam so that you can focus going into the studying process.
4) Take a break – Don’t let yourself get so focused that you mentally wear yourself down until you can’t focus. Figure out how long you can study before needing a break and take short breaks as needed. A break can be just walking your dog or stepping outside for a moment. Whatever you need to rest your mind.