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Finals week: 5 tips from MSU students

December 13, 2017
Students gather and study on Dec. 4, 2017, at the Main Library.
Students gather and study on Dec. 4, 2017, at the Main Library. —
Photo by Anntaninna Biondo | The State News

The final week of the semester is upon us and students all around MSU's campus are preparing to end the semester on a good note by focusing on what's been awaiting them all year — final exams. 

The State News spoke to MSU students and asked for some tips on how to survive the week of exams. 

1. Coffee

Although coffee doesn't satisfy everyone's energy needs, freshman Elizabeth Ly said she has to have "a lot" of coffee to keep productivity flowing.

According to 2014 research by Johns Hopkins University, caffeine also enhances a person's memory for consolidation up to 24 hours after consumption.

2. Leave your comfort zone

Comparative cultures and politics senior Amber Applewhite said studying at home is not a good idea. She said your room is the most comfortable place and that effect is amplified when you're tired.

“It forces you to actually do your work because you’re not at home," Applewhite said. "You know, you can’t get to your bed quick enough."

Applewhite said it's helpful to leave home and study when studying with a group or partner for encouragement. 

3. Be productive

Business-preference freshman Zoe Smith said staying on top of things is very important during finals — procrastination cannot be your best friend.

“If you procrastinate, it just makes everything more stressful and you’ll get behind even more,” Smith said.

4. Feed your body

A study from The City University of New York found in 2011 some college students experience food insecurity and miss out on meals.

Communication freshman Ciara White said, “You need fuel to study, so make sure you get time and eat and relax, so everything's balanced.”

5. Sleep

Packaging sophomore Devon Conti said people tend to get really stressed out during finals week and try to cram so much information in a short amount of time, they often forget to rest.

U-M found college students are one of the most sleep-deprived populations and a lack of sleep is linked to lower GPAs. 


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