I know you’re downing coffees left and right. Just make sure you’re doubling your water intake to keep above the threshold of caffeine. Water helps your cells do their thing and helps you focus. Also it helps deter headaches and migraines–the absolute LAST thing you want during this time.
8 hours. Don’t argue with me on this. Just do it and watch your test scores rise. If there’s one thing I do right in college, it’s get eight hours of sleep every night. Getting enough sleep helps not only my under-eye darkness at bay, but also keeps my adrenal gland in check so my body isn’t telling me I’m hungry when really I’m just tired. Sleep.
- A GOOD PLANNER
Well you should have gotten one of these in the fall, but make it your Bible this week. Write down how much you’re going to study each day for each subject. Creating a to0do list during your study sessions helps you stay on focus and not just waste six hours of your life staring at your notes in the cold library.
- QUIET, WELL-LIT PLACES
Speaking of libraries–I HATE libraries. I don’t study well there. I need well-lit places that are mostly quiet to focus. The dim lighting and dingy floors aren’t a creative or constructive environment for me. Instead, I prefer the third floor of the student union with huge windows over looking the campus lawn. Find a space that isn’t miserable and remember that just because your friends ask to study together doesn’t mean you have to. It’s your time to work and you need to be as productive as possible so open your blinds, find a good quiet space, and get going.
- JUST DO IT
Sometimes I’ll set my things out to study and I just don’t want to get started. But those A’s don’t make themselves so here’s a reminder to get off your phone and get working because you’re on your way to becoming a strong and independent woman with her own income.
You got this.