With summer just around the corner, it’s hard to find the motivation to study for finals.  The changing warm weather makes it even harder to stay in the library for hours at a time.  It’s tough to avoid finals when they are usually a huge part of your grade!  Although there is nothing fun about studying, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to help make your next study session a little less painful!

Trying to cram all of your studying and work into one session can actually have a negative effect on your health and your grades.  It’s important to take breaks and give yourself time to breathe.  Although it may seem like a waste of time to leave your studying materials on your desk while you hit the gym, it will actually help in the long run!  Taking a break to exercise will increase blood flow and help improve your memory.  Don’t forget that your physical health is important too!

Make sure to snack!  Carrying around small, healthy snacks will give your brain the fuel it needs to keep on studying and retain information.  It is also very important to get enough sleep.  EvenChelsea Crockett- snacks for finals if you feel like you haven’t studied enough, close that textbook and hit the hay!  Lack of sleep will cause memory loss and confusion while taking a test or writing a paper.  Your brain cannot function properly if it’s running on empty!

Try studying with a group of friends!  Even if you’re not studying for the same test, just having other around will make you feel less lonely and give you more of a drive to study.  Just try not to talk or joke around the whole time!

Although finals may seem like a drag, be sure to treat yourself with proper care and reward yourself once the big test is over with!

Good luck Insiders!