‘Tis the season for friends, family, food… and finals week.
While it seems as though the semester has just started, it’s really just about to end. And that means one thing; final exams, presentations, papers and projects.
The VanCougar is here to help you find the best places to study, easy breakfast and snack ideas and advice from veteran students and professors campus wide. We have collected lists of study tips and ways to prepare for finals, so you can relax and ace your tests.
1. Communications Prof., Elizabeth Candello: “Organization is first and foremost key to successful finals prep. What I mean by organization is allotting an hour per subject to study, take a break, then take another hour to another subject, take a break, focus on another subject, take a break.”
2. History T.A, Karl Crandall: “Visit the writing center! Proofread, proofread, proofread. Figure out when you write the best.”
3. The WSU Center for Advising and Career Development suggests studying difficult subjects first when preparing for finals.
4. The WSU Center for Advising and Career Development also suggests taking advantage of breaks in your schedule (between classes, for example).
First, utilize all of your resources! Here’s six apps to help you study:
Then, find the perfect study location
We at The VanCougar have created a list of top four study spots on (and off) campus to generate the most focused and productive seshes this week:
Indoor Terrace, second floor of the Science and Engineering building
ASWSUV Senator, Davina Cepeda, explains: “The giant windows allow a lot of light in which personally keep me awake and energized, and the environment is bright and colorful which helps on those rainy days.”
Junior Lauren Couch, a psychology major, says her favorite place to study is in the boxed desks near the windows in the library.
Working at home can be distracting, says Zach McMahon, a senior majoring in strategic communication. He enjoys studying at coffee shops where he can stay focused and use stronger wifi.
Multimedia Classroom Building (VMMC), second floor
Kylle DeRoock, a junior biology major says she studies there because “sometimes they play music in the art room, but it’s relaxing and usually pretty quiet.”
Study in comfort, but don’t get too comfortable. Avoid your bed when doing homework. The American College of Healthcare Sciences writes, “Working in your bed makes going to sleep harder. Because you’ve trained your body to associate your bed as a place to study or get homework done, once you lay in bed to call it a night your mind will continue to think.”
Finally, start your day with a hearty breakfast
Most likely you’ve heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and while the phrase may seem historic, its relevance is timeless. Particularly during finals weeks, eating well seems to be less of a priority. However, it’s during these high intensity weeks that our bodies need the most nourishment and fuel to keep us going. Here are four quick and easy breakfast ideas from the Huffington Post to get your morning started right.