The end of the semester leaves most students harried, tired and simply ready for a break from the trials of balancing school, work and a social life. One last obstacle stands between students and freedom for a few weeks or months: final exams. While there is no surefire way to make finals a breeze, there are some ways that you can prepare ahead of time so that you won't be running around at the last minute pulling things together. As finals week approaches, make sure you get together these essential supplies you'll need for studying and test taking.
Paper: When you're studying you're going to need all kinds of paper. Stock up on printer paper for printing out notes, assignments and emails from professors. You'll also need to invest in some notebook paper for taking notes or copying down important ideas and don't forget a few sticky notes for jotting down to-dos and marking pages.
Snacks: Instead of stocking up on unhealthy snacks like frozen pizzas and chips, pick up lots of fruits, veggies and nuts at the store. They might not be as fun to eat but they will give you the vitamins and energy you need to power through studying and test-taking a lot more than empty snacks will.
Water: You might think that getting tons of soda and energy drinks is the best route to go at finals time, but you'd be wrong. While these drinks will give you a pick up in the short term, they'll also cause you to crash leaving you feeling horrible and groggy no matter now much sleep you've gotten. Stick with water instead. It'll ensure you're alert and healthy for test taking.
Writing utensils: You do not want to be short on writing utensils over finals week. Pick up extra pens and pencils before you start your tests and always carry spares with you as you never know when a pen or pencil might give out.
Office supplies: Office supplies like index cards, highlighters and page markers can be a big help in getting you organized and helping you to study in a more effective manner. Better yet, they're cheap and you can use them next semester as well.
Headphones: Finally, whether you live in the dorms or an apartment with roomies, you're going to need some peace and quiet if you're to ever get focused. Putting on headphones and listening to calming music or even investing in earplugs can be a good way to get the quiet you need.
If you're missing out on any of these supplies, make sure you stock up for finals week. That way, you'll be ready to take on any studying challenges that come your way and won't get distracted by trips to the store.
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