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Finals’ Week Stress Relievers
Paul W. Ogle Library
Stress Releasers while preparing for Finals
Get involved with the national phenomenon of adult coloring today
Release some of the stress of finals!
Paul W Ogle Library has pages of your choice, pencils, and space
for you to relax as you focus on being creative for a while.
Experience the release of stress as you weave
Walk out of the Library less stressed knowing a new craft with a coiled basket
Paul W Ogle Library has yarn colors of your choice, and a great instructor to demonstrate the craft.
Become a master of a trade in a snap with this fun Snap Circuits kit.
A great way to experiment with electronics worry-free.
- Exciting creativity kit provides an intriguing way to learn the ins and outs of electronics through fun and safe play.
- Full-color manual provides simple step-by-step instructions on how to design working creations.
- Variety of metal pieces are color-coded and easily snap together, offering easy-to-use learning.
- Over 100 animated projects can be created, including: a doorbell, flashlight, AM radio and much more.
Flash Card Makers
Open source program that allows you to study anywhere, anytime.
Free service for creating web-based study flashcards that can be shared with others
Choose a layout, fill in your text, and print your flashcards
Take Study Breaks
- You're only human and your brain can't study continuously. Give it a break. Take a walk, read a book, play a game. Give yourself a 10-15 minute break for every hour of studying or a 30 minute break for every two hours.
Releasing Stress- Laughter and Laffy Taffy
Manage Your Time
- Make a study schedule. Write out a schedule that list all of your exams and when they are, then schedule your study time appropriately. You may also find that you don't have to study for each exam for the same amount of time. Some exams may be more difficult and require more study time while other exams may be easier or cover material that you are familiar with. And don't forget to schedule in breaks, meals, and sleep.
- Start studying early. Don't wait til the last minute to study. Give yourself plenty of time. Our brains retain more information if we study over a longer period of time with repetition.
- Be a hermit. Find a corner of the library and move in. You can take a few weeks off from social outings, video games, and text message marathons.
- Stick to your study schedule. You will do much better on your test if you space your studying out instead of just staying up the entire might before the test with your nose in your text book and you won't be so exhausted the next day that you can't concentrate on the exam.
- Cramming can produce anxiety and is not helpful in trying to learn a large amount of material. Make the process less stressful and avoid last minute cramming.
- Find a quiet place to study. Your house, the library, or an empty classroom. Find a place where you can study without distractions.
- Don't multitask while you study. We think that we're are great at multitasking, but in reality we're not. You might find yourself wanting to listen to music, or get on the Internet, or text with friends while you study. Resist! For every 5 hours that you study while multitasking, you are most likely only getting 1 hour of actual studying done. So do yourself a favor and save that text message for later.
Study in Groups...or Not
- Carefully consider whether studying in a group is right for you.
- Meet with your group at the library. Check into a quiet room. And don't forget that the library has white boards and laptops that you can check out.
- Study groups need to be motivating, not distracting
- Study groups aren't for everyone. Don't feel like you are going to do terribly if you don't like studying in a group. Everyone is different.
Review Review Review
- Review old test. Re-reading your text book isn't really feasible, but reviewing your previous tests is. If you can, make copies of previous tests, white out the answers, and copy each test again. You now have a set of practice tests. Test yourself and see what you need to review further. Hit the books and then test yourself again until you get a perfect score. (Don't white out the original test or you won't have an answer key!)
- If your professor offers a study guide, use it.
- Go to office hours. Talk to your professor about the test. Make sure you understand what format the test is, if it is cumulative, etc.
- Eat right. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go easy on the caffeine.
- Try snacks like granola bars, fruits, and veggies.
- Keep your energy up. If you are studying for long periods of time, eat some protein.
- Try to get in some form of exercise. Even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused.
- All-nighters are not a good thing and can actually damage your grade. You will be too tired to concentrate and a tired mind has trouble recalling information.
- Don't forget to put sleep in your study schedule. You will be able to study more effectively if you are well rested and you will be better able remember the information that you study.
Take it Easy
- It is only a test. Cut yourself some slack and try to relax.
- Think positively. You are going to do great!
- When the test is over just let it go. It won't do you any good to stress yourself out after the test is over. Instead, reward yourself for making it through.
On Test Day
- Bring all needed supplies. Bluebook, scantron, calculator, watch, pencils, extra pencils...
- Go to the bathroom before the test
- Read all the test instructions carefully
- Make a plan for you time. Pace yourself, relax and use your time effectively.
- Stay for the entire time allotted. You may want to finish as fast as you can and leave, but it is a better idea to use all of your time to make sure that your work is the best it can be. Check your answers, proofread your essay, or add additional points to your essay.