So you’ve done it. You’ve eaten your weight in turkey, shopped your heart out on Black Friday, and have successfully made it back to school! First of all, Congratulations! The holidays are here and you’re well on your way to a wonderful Holiday Season.

So now you’re back at school, you have a few weeks until heading home for Winter Break and you’re now wondering how the heck you’re going to make it through to Finals.

Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. This is a time all students go through. It’s the time after a restful break at home and the only thing tying you down before an ever longer holiday break. Although this may not be the most comfortable place to be, it’s still something you’ve gotta push through.

And since it is College, you’ve got to end the year strong!

Here are some ways you can push through this study slump and finish the semester strong!

1. Plan out your time. Without a doubt, planning your time does wonders for making sure you get things done and in manageable-not-so-overwhelming chunks. Write down the date of your final test or project in your planner and begin to backtrack. Write down what you need to do each night in order to feel confident by the time the Finals roll around. Let’s say you have a final two weeks out and you know you need to study a variety of different parts of the material covered this semester. In order to achieve all that studying, work on Unit 1 for two days, Unit 2 for another two days, etc., that way by the time the Final rolls around you have prepared yourself as well as you could. The biggest tip with planning out your time is to break your time into parts you know you can accomplish.

2. Find a study buddy. Find someone else and study together. Sometimes you really do need someone who shares your frustration of studying and to know you’re not alone. Plus a study buddy can help you review materials for the final. 

3. Plan fun things to do. Don’t worry about studying constantly, but rather find something fun to do to break up your studying! Go see a movie, bowl, eat a nice dinner. Choose something as a reward for your studying. Plan it out so your reward can happen after a productive study session is complete. Planning out something fun always kept me excited to study because I knew there was something enjoyable waiting for me when I was done.

4. Don’t worry about what you haven’t done so far this semester. Just keep working to get done what you need to get done. Find a tutor to clear up any questions or, if possible, go and ask a professor for help. If you keep looking at mistakes in your courses from this semester you may get caught up in how you aren’t feeling so great about some classes. Do the best you can and that’s the best you can do. It’s always better to have a positive attitude as you move forward in to finals.

5. Take care of yourself. No matter how far you may be behind, try to put yourself first. This means prioritizing time to sleep, stay active and study. Finding a balance to help your brain rest can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go! Eat healthy meals and try not to snack on too much sugar so you don’t crash later on. When you get a chance, go for a walk or work out. Spending time active actually leaves you more energized than before, and helps your brain to retain more information.

6. Surround yourself with positivity. This may sound corny, but how many times have you gone to see a movie with a motivational plot? You probably walked out of the theater feeling empowered. The same holds true to studying. Listen to a podcast, watch a motivational speaker video or spend time with friends who will keep you positive. A little dose of positivity can go a long way.

The time preparing for Finals can be frustrating, but hopefully these tips can help you feel better about it! You’ve only got a few weeks to go before your long holiday break arrives, and you’ve already survived the first part of your semester! You’ve got this! And when your Finals are said and done, all the prep leading up to it will all have been well worth it. Keep going!!

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