Finals Week Advice

Hey Hawkeyes!

As we all know, finals week is quickly approaching.  And if you’re anything like me, you probably have had these thoughts and feelings while attempting to prepare:

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But wait! Don’t panic! The Orientation Executive Team got together and we wanted to pass on our advice and success tips for finals week in hopes of making the hours of studying a little more bearable.

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Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

  • My absolute favorite place to study is the IMU.  I love that they turn the main lounge and the ballroom into giant study areas that are perfect for individual or group work.  Plus, there’s always some type of free snack or study break activity going on. – Emily
  • My favorite place to study on campus is the third floor of the business building. Most of my classes are in Tippie anyway, so it’s nice to just walk upstairs to study. – Elyssa
  • I love to study on the first floor of the library. I usually put my headphones in and listening to my study-jam playlist and being on the first floor gives me the opportunity to just take a few breaks by going to the food for thought café! – Amanda
  • My favorite place to study is the science library which few people actually know exists. It’s tucked between Phillips Hall and the Biology building and it’s a great quiet place to study.  It also offers free coffee and tea! – Avery
  • On-campus, I would say one of my favorite study spots is the resource center on the 3rd floor of the Adler Journalism Building. If you sit on the couches, you get a great view of the Pentacrest and it is normally not too crowded! I also like the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, which has great snack options while you study. – Molly

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What is your go-to study snack?

  • A chocolate chip granola bar – Avery
  • Warm coffee or tea (and maybe a pastry for some extra motivation!) – Molly
  • Pretzels and hot cocoa are my favorites – Emily
  • Chips and some iced coffee help me power through! – Amanda
  • Definitely something salty and crunchy – Elyssa

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What is something you do to relax in between cramming for finals!

  • I try to either watch a movie or go for a swim. Swimming is the best though because I can take my mind off school easier. – Elyssa
  • I like to visit the therapy dogs that are provided at the IMU.  They’re always so happy and I feel better after playing with them even for a few minutes. – Emily
  • I usually go workout at the rec on campus. It’s a good way to blow off steam and I always feel better about myself afterwards – Avery
  • Never underestimate the power of a funny YouTube video. Laughter decreases stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. This quick break will help you relax a bit and refocus your mindset before diving back into studying! – Molly
  • Watch Bob’s Burgers, it’s a super funny show and not long enough. – Amanda

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What is one piece of advice you have for going into finals week?

  • Definitely take the time to decompress and do something for yourself, it will help you stay in a healthy mindset! The IMU hosts great, free events during finals week, like the Flippin’ into Finals Pancake Breakfast, massages, and therapy dogs. (Full list here: Going to an event will give you some human interaction and fresh air – perfect way to clear your head! – Molly
  • Take care of yourself. Finals week can be super stressful, especially if your finals schedule didn’t work out in your favor. The best way to get through it is to take some time away from textbooks and notes, and do something for yourself. It makes the time you are actually studying more productive, and it gives your brain a break for a little while. – Elyssa
  • Space out your studying! Studying for the exam the night before will raise your stress levels because you may feel more pressure and that you’re working “against the clock”. If you space it out, you have more time to cement the information in your mind and will retain it better on the exam – Avery
  • Lay out all of your deadlines on paper and work one project at a time, don’t try to do everything at once – it never works. – Amanda
  • Like everyone said, take care of yourself! It is really easy to put your health (and sleep) on the back burner while trying to memorize everything, but it’s more effective if you make sure that you’re taking breaks and doing something for yourself every once in a while. Even a quick 30 minute nap can make a world of difference on those really long days/nights. – Emily

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I hope y’all found something useful in this post (or at least appreciated the quality memes).  Keep your head up, study hard, do great, and we believe in you! Happy Finals Week and Go Hawks!

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