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3 Ways To Make Finals Week More Bearable

Finals week is arguably the most stressful time of the year for student-athletes. Not only is the spring season coming to a close, but so are our chances of reaching the academic goals we strive all year to achieve. I take school very seriously, and for the last 3 years, I’ve been toying with ways to make finals week more productive and at the same time more enjoyable.

Here are three ways I seem to survive the end of the semester: 

 

1. Sleep!

I know as athletes we hear about the benefits of getting enough sleep all of the time; however, finals week oddly enough is the perfect time to do this. At least for me, my sport has come to an end for the season, so I don’t have all of the athletic obligations, like practice, that I once had. This gives me the perfect opportunity to practice the one thing my ATs and nutritionists have been preaching all year: quality sleep! I’ve noticed that by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night I am not only able to study more efficiently and retain more information, but I am also able to perform better on my exams. 

 

2. Study Breaks! 

If you are anything like me, then you have probably strained yourself by sitting at a desk and studying for hours on end. Especially during finals season, people make the mistake of studying for so long that it gets to the point of being inefficient. I have found that switching subjects every couple of hours and building in social media or snack breaks is the best way to efficiently study! This way, you are not cramming so much into your brain at once, and you are able to give your body and mind the breaks that it needs. 

 

3. Exercise!

The moment we get too stressed about school is the moment we throw the important routine things out of our schedule. Especially for athletes, exercise is something our bodies are used to and frankly need. Instead of convincing yourself to skip the gym to get more study time, make time in your schedule for exercise. I’ve noticed that I’ve been much more productive on days I make time to go to the gym, on a run or even on a walk outside in the morning than on days when I forgo exercise completely.

These three suggestions are not going to work for everyone, and they aren’t going to automatically get you As on all of your finals, but I highly suggest trying to add them to your routine. If they don’t work for you, I’m sure they will lead you to things that do!