‘Tis the (Examination) Season! 5 Tricks to Prioritize Your Grades and Psychological Well being Throughout Finals


Megan Jennings is a fourth-year honors scholar from Little Rock, Arkansas, majoring in promoting and public relations. She is the present social media intern for the Honors Faculty, and in addition serves because the Social Media and Greek Life Chair for the Psychological Well being Consciousness Group on campus. Images by Shepherd Molinari. 

Remaining exams. The 2 phrases each faculty scholar hates essentially the most (besides, maybe, “closing undertaking” or “closing paper”). Sadly, for some purpose, exams by no means appear to get simpler. I’m a senior now and prefer to suppose that I’ve pretty good research habits. Nonetheless I nonetheless dread the week in December the place I’ve to close myself in my room or combat for a spot in Mullins so I can spend hour upon hour learning.

It usually looks like it is a time once I actually battle with my psychological well being — I’m anxious about exams and what my future may appear to be merely due to a check grade. The truth that it will get darkish at 5 p.m. doesn’t appear to assist both.

Whereas we’re desirous to make good grades on our exams and move our lessons with flying colours, we have to prioritize our psychological well being, too. You gained’t have the ability to carry out properly in your closing assessments in the event you’re too anxious or too depressed to place forth the effort and time wanted to do properly. As a senior, I’ve a number of recommendations on methods to prioritize your grades and your psychological well being throughout examination week.

A student on an ipad sitting beside the fireplace

Sophomore Michelle Magana, a world economics main/Spanish minor, will get some fireplace research time within the Honors Pupil Lounge.

1. Begin now.
It’s really easy to procrastinate, but it surely’s additionally very easy to arrange for closing exams a little bit bit every day so that you’re not overwhelmed throughout finals week. Make a research plan and get all your notes and supplies collectively. Assessment a little bit bit every day.



Student sleeping on the couch

Professional tip: Our lounge affords the very best nap on campus! Our photographer, mechanical engineering main Shepherd Molinari, demonstrates. (And don’t fear, we gained’t take photographs in the event you want a little bit slumber.)

2. Get loads of sleep.
Whereas pulling an all-nighter might seem to be one of the simplest ways to cram earlier than your check, it might damage your grade as an alternative of assist. Research have proven that sleep deprivation can result in the onset or worsening of quite a lot of psychological well being points, together with nervousness and despair. Lack of sleep may result in poor educational efficiency. Your psychological well being is particularly fragile throughout examination week on account of extra stress, so it’s so necessary to get your eight hours in!


A hand writing in a notebook

Cami Miranda, a sophomore majoring in political science, makes notes in her planner.

3. Keep organized.
Even in the event you haven’t used a planner or calendar all semester, use one for finals week. Write down when your exams are as an alternative of making an attempt to only keep in mind them. Plan out if you’re going to review for which examination.


Woman ordering at starbucks

Michelle collects her drink on the Starbucks within the Pupil Success Middle.

4. Take research breaks.
I’ve discovered that if I research for a time period after which take a break earlier than learning once more, I study the fabric higher. Research breaks may assist us really feel motivated. Take a stroll, go get espresso with pals, learn a guide, and even do some family chores. Or, attend Recess @ the H! Your research break doesn’t should be extravagant however taking a brief period of time to do one thing for your self will enhance your focus and depart you feeling motivated.

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Olivia Vedock (left), a biomedical engineering main, and Elizabeth Floeck, a communications sciences and problems main, make the most of the tutoring house within the Pupil Success Middle.

5. Make the most of campus assets.
The college has quite a lot of educational assets obtainable to assist college students. Class+, the tutoring on the Pupil Success Middle, Pupil Assist Providers, and the Math Useful resource and Tutoring Middle are just some examples of the educational assets which can be free for college kids. Moreover, CAPS supplies quite a lot of assets for college kids’ psychological well being, akin to particular person counseling or their leisure room.


Finals are onerous, and it’s simple for our grades to drop and our psychological well being to say no if we don’t deal with ourselves. By following the information above, you’ll be able to prioritize your grades and your psychological well being this examination week. Good luck learning!

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Our blogger, Megan Jennings, and Honors Faculty ambassadors Michelle Magana, Elizabeth Floeck, Olivia Vedock and Cami Miranda on a Starbucks run within the Pupil Success Middle.


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