The Daily Illini’s finals survival guide

By Sabrina Yan and Vivienne Henning

Finals can be a stressful time for students, but follow these study tips to help you power through exams and into winter break.

To have a productive study session:

-Know which environment would be most productive for studying for you. Whether it’s a coffee shop, one of the many campus libraries or a quiet study room, pick a place where you can truly focus.

-Work with a group or by yourself. Studying with friends sounds fun, but make sure you all go in with a mindset to study. Otherwise, stick to studying by yourself and really hone in on your notes to be more productive. 

-Bring headphones or music to help drown out background noise.

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-Bring healthy snacks and water. Studying will come easier if you properly fuel your body.

-Wear comfortable clothing that you can study in for a long period of time.

-If you need help finding a study group, the Tutoring Center can help you find one.  

-Plan out what you’re going to study and when. It’s easier to stay on track if you have a schedule.

For health and wellness:

-Eat, don’t skip meals. Make healthy decisions, with a few treats here and there to keep yourself going.

-Remember to shower and practice good hygiene. Don’t stink up the library.

-Exercise for a much-needed break and stress relief.

-Sleep and take naps. Now is not the time to skimp on rest!

-If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, take the time to relax and calm down. Then regroup and get back to work.

-Take advantage of Free Yoga at Krannert Art Museum 12-1 p.m. every Tuesday.

General study tips:

-Don’t cram. Plan out what topics to study each night leading up to your exams.

-Study in smaller chunks, versus larger cram sessions. 

-Organize your supplies and notes to make studying flow more easily.

-Ask for help. Email professors, TA’s or fellow peers. But don’t wait until the last minute to do so.

Habits to avoid:

-Try your best not to cram. You’ll just go into your finals stressed.

-Try to limit excessive caffeine intake or lots of fast/junk food.

-If you’re tired, sleep. You’re health and wellness come first.

-Take breaks, but don’t abuse them. Keep focused.

-And again, only study with friends if they will be equally as focused and not distracting.

Sabrina Yan and Vivienne Henning contributed to this report

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