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Surviving the home stretch

Case by Case

Eva Chan

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Focus
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News flash: today is the last day of classes, just in case you missed that fact when you woke up this morning. Whether you've been waiting for this day since the semester started, are in denial that finals week is almost or already here, or even if you've cruised through this week without a scratch, keep in mind that it is possible to keep your sanity and avoid burn outs during this high-stress time.
On a serious note, start figuring out a schedule of what you need to accomplish before you start packing up to head home. Plan out day by day and allot your time accordingly. If there are certain classes you know you need to study more for, make sure that reflects in your plan so that you can direct your efforts that way instead of spending all your time in a class you know you'll do well in. Even if you religiously live your life by a planner or Google calendar, having a written list on a piece of paper (preferably somewhere posted near your laptop, or even on it) will serve as a constant reminder. Cross off each of the things on your list as you accomplish your goals for the day, whether it's catching up on MediaVision lectures, reading chapters from your book or going through practice problems.
The last thing that should happen is having to pull an all-nighter because you waited until the night before your final to start studying. I did that once my sophomore year and during my final, I couldn't fight off the need to nap because I was so tired. When you wind up being too tired, it'll hinder your concentration and anything you studied while trying to stay up. Even if there's only two hours left until you have to leave for your final after studying, an hour nap can help reenergize you. A tip my suitemate lives by in this type of a situation is to keep your lights on when you take your power nap. By napping with the lights on, you'll be disturbed by the lights when you open your eyes to your alarm ringing and be more inclined to get out of your bed instead of pressing the snooze button.
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