As we approach the end of the year, there is a lot going on in all of our heads. You might be thinking about what to get your friends and family for Christmas, the kind of resolutions you’re going to set for the new year, and more.

For those of us that are in school, we also have the ever-so-stressful slew of finals swarming our minds. It gets to a point where you feel like you just have to plow through the next week of torture before you can even fathom thinking about the holidays.

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The next week and a half marks finals week for many Lubbock students, and I am right there with you in that boat. I’m fortunate enough in my master’s program to be wrapping up the semester with a few projects and presentations rather than exams, but I remember the stress of finals all too well from my undergrad days.

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If you are looking for some advice on how to make it through the next week of tests, I have some tips that helped me when I needed it the most.

Obviously, the biggest thing you should do is study. Take a look at your class syllabus, review any study guides your professors gave you, and run through the notes you have from the semester. I found it extra productive to study with a friend that isn’t taking the same class as me, and basically teach them the different topics I need the most review on. This allows the information to stick better in your head and can help you talk through and point you might be stuck on.

The next big thing is to get plenty of rest. I know pulling an all-nighter and cramming can seem like your only option, but it really isn’t practical. If you haven’t absorbed the information you need at least a couple days in advance, trying to cram and show up to your exam exhausted isn’t going to do you any good.

Also, be sure to eat a good meal before your exam. Just like sleep, your body needs food to function its best. So, eat a good meal so you aren’t sluggish or hangry when trying to take an important test.

Lastly, trust your gut. If you followed all of the previous tips, I’m sure you are ready to take on these finals. Just trust your gut, don’t doubt your abilities, and you will do great. I believe in you!

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