Regardless of the major you pick in college, you’re guaranteed at least one week of pure mania: crunch week. The week before finals is a blur of reading days, panic, and cramming, which doesn’t take any prisoners. If you’re going to survive, you’ll need to follow our tips here.
First off, take a break. No, really. Take a break, then take another. There’s only so long you can sit at a desk without your brain completely fogging over. The more you break up your study sessions with short, productive breaks, the more you can keep your mind fresh and alert. Take quick little runs to keep your juices flowing, or walk around the block to clear your head. If you play an instrument, give yourself ten minutes to play every hour, to totally shake things up!
If you want to hit the gym for a break, stick to cardio. You want maximum heart rate to reset your system after sitting down for a long period of time. Make sure you don’t slouch or slump when you’re getting tired, which can be a real problem at the end of the semester. Make sure to wear your waist trainer to keep your back straight and your core tucked for support!
Second, don’t let your diet go. For most of us, it’s the first casualty of crunch week. If your brain is going to get through those essays and exams, you need to keep it fully topped up. Think of it like an engine in a car. Sure, you need the gasoline to keep the basic motion going, but without all the other lubricants, motor oils, and cooling fluids, it’s all going to burn out before you know it.
So, when you don’t have time to make or eat a big salad, get a smoothie from the campus cafeteria, or keep carrots and hummus in your fridge. A good bottle of juice is also your friend, just make sure it’s not sweetened by anything extra. Make sure you’re still getting at least 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, whether you’re drinking them or munching them to keep your brain active.
A smoothie or juice is also the perfect replacement for traditional cramming beverages like coffee or cappuccinos. Vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and veggies will give you a boost like those stimulants, but they won’t leave you crashing afterward! Have nutritious beverages instead of coffee, and use crunchy veggies like carrots or celery to keep your mind alert.
Use good study habits to maximize your reading days. Follow our three simple rules:
Change locations: every time you switch study spots, you prevent your brain getting into a rut.
Team up: everyone in your class has different strong suits, and pooling knowledge is a surefire way to make sure you aren’t missing something for your test.
Turn off: shut off your phone, and turn of notifications on your laptop if you’re using it to study or write essays. You need to eliminate distractions from your study zone if you’re going to be productive.
Good luck studying, ladies!