Vital Signs: Study tips for surviving end of semester

By Victoria Giardina
Columnist 

Winter break is right around the corner, but finals still stand in the way of students. Here are some final study tips for a stress-free end to a bustling fall semester.

STUDY WITH FRIENDS 

Scheduling work can lead to success on exams (Flickr).

It isn’t surprising that a flood of coffee-drinking college students will swarm into the library during finals season. To lessen the overwhelming feeling that this time of year may bring, forming a study group is an excellent way to add some social interaction to your study blues. According to Washington University in St. Louis, students absorb academic information better when in a collaborative environment, rather than studying alone. Luckily, the College has over 20 private study rooms in the library to take advantage of.

MAKE A GAME PLAN 

Making a realistic game plan can alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling. Instead of opening up your planner and seeing a never-ending list of tasks to accomplish, start by making a simple to-do list in order of importance. Trying to balance your assignments based on the earliest turnaround date and the greatest amount of work is key to a successful finish to the fall.

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