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Quick Tricks to Stay Zen During Finals

April 23, 2018

Make your student apartment a haven for productivity and relaxation.

Finals are rapidly approaching. So, if you’re like the majority of college students all across the country, then you’re stocking up on Red Bull, piling the textbooks around your bed and preparing for a marathon of torture. The good news is: it doesn’t have to be this way! Even if you live in a student apartment that’s always busy, or you’re working with a deadline that’s definitely too tight, there are ways to overcome the stress of finals. Read on for five fantastic tips for staying Zen during finals week.


Take 5…or 10…or 15!

This tip can seem counter intuitive. It’s first on this list because it’s unexpected and when people read it, they usually sigh in relief. You mean I don’t have to work 24/7 to make the grade? Nope! In fact, taking breaks can be critical for success. Several famously productive people swear by these “small moment of reflection” as Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert calls them. Tony Schwartz, founder of the Energy Project and Catalyst Inc., recommends working for only 75 to 90 minutes at a time. This allows for greater concentration during the work and greater retention afterwards. If your ears perked up at the word “retention”, you’re on the right track for your exams.


Separate Work and Play

Following from the last tip, creating specific times for studying AND specific times for relaxing or having fun is a godsend during finals week. Having time with friends or a bubble bath to look forward to can be highly motivating. And limiting study sessions to specific hours makes the work feel more manageable. For the best results, segment the physical spaces in your student apartment for work AND play, too (i.e., only study at the kitchen table and only watch Netflix in the bedroom).


Motivational Mantras

If the idea of passing your classes isn’t motivating enough, these inspiring little words can make all the difference. If you’re the kind of person who makes vision boards or keeps a daily journal, creating your own mantra might be a good strategy for you. However, if you’re less creative it might be time to turn to a professional. Check out The Odyssey’s list of top motivational quotes. With our goal of staying calm in mind, one quote stands out from the pack: “Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.” Easier said than done. Which is why we have yet more tips for you…


Nutrition, Nutrition

Everyone knows that people in the U.S. struggle with their weight. But what might be surprising is that our diets are woefully inadequate in terms of vital nutrients as well. Eating healthier will give you the mental and physical energy to go the distance this finals season. Check out this great advice for eating healthier in college and apply as much of it as you can as you prepare for exams. Most important is having readily accessible water in your student apartment. Consider bringing a water pitcher to the table where you’re working, so you don’t have to cross the room to quench a thirst.


Get Up Early

This is the last tip for a good reason. Be honest: If you read it at the top of the article, would you have bothered with the rest? Saying, “Get some sleep” to a college student is like speaking Latin to a dog. Completely incomprehensible. But, point blank, it’s something you should do. If you sleep for three hours at a time, you’re not a night owl, you’re sleep deprived and it’s messing with your good judgment. Ridding yourself of the dreaded semester sleep debt is in itself worth hours of additional studying. So do it!


College can sometimes make your student apartment feel like it’s just the place where you gobble down food and procrastinate. But, with a little bit of work and some clever tips, it can become a place where you’re productive and happy. Of course, picking a great place helps. Check out a student apartment by ROSS today and see what the college life can be.