It’s the FINAL’S Countdown

By: OSI Blogger Jacki Licciardi

So the fall quarter is just about over… and finals are starting! Naturally this can be a stressful time for students. Especially since some of us will be managing 3-5 final exams and/or papers to be completed before break. So, knowing how to properly prepare for your exams is the key to lowering your stress level and acing your exams.

I know you are waiting for me to dish the secrets on how you can do this but really it will just take some simple steps for you to be finals ready.

  1. Thinking of cramming the night before the exam? Just say No. Really, it is more beneficial for you to study in intervals of 30 to 60 minutes and give yourself 5 to 10 minutes breaks throughout. This method will help you actually retain the information long term.
  2. Utilize your resources on campus to change up your study environment. Just the new scenery will help you feel refreshed and allow your mind to focus on the material. Some study spots I would recommend would be the DePaul Library, the Student Center at both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, or the Office of Student Involvement.
  3. Review your notes and textbook for key terms. It can be overwhelming to figure out what areas of the material are the parts that will be on the exam. The best way to get a good overview of what to know for the exam is to review the key terms in the chapters. Also, utilize the summary or takeaways at the end of each chapter for further help.
  4. Eat and snack healthier. I’m sure it’s not news to you that eating healthier will boost your immune system, increase your energy, and let’s face it –make you feel better. Just choose healthy options… you can do it, I believe in you. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are the best options. When you are in need of a quick snack? Grab some almonds, fruits, or a yogurt.
  5. Sleep. Yes, just getting a good night’s sleep can improve your chances of doing well on your exams. Pulling an all-night study session is not the answer. Getting the sleep you need will fuel your energy for your exams.

Remember to use these tools and any others that may help you be better prepared for finals. You’ve done great this quarter so let’s finish it out with a bang.


Good Luck DePaul and Stay warm.


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