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Importance of maintaining good study habits cannot be understated


December 12, 2014

With the close to yet another semester here at UW-River Falls comes another full docket of finals for each and every full-time student.

Finals week is not exactly a fun time for students, or instructors for that matter, but it’s an opportunity to grow as a human being by overcoming obstacles and persevering through stress and homework overload, while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The week before finals week is no cakewalk either, as some of you probably already realize. A plethora of essays and presentations are asked of us before the big, bad finals. Stay focused and on task — finish one assignment at a time.

Next week will likely be an important one for freshmen who have yet to endure a week of finals. It gets easier from here, trust us. With each finals week comes more self-confidence in one’s ability to handle difficult scenarios that will come in handy later in life.

Remember to take a 10-minute break after every hour of studying or typing. Staring at a computer screen for an extended period of time can be very harmful to your eyes and brain. Spread out your study sessions over the entire weekend–don’t cram on Sunday night or Monday morning because it simply doesn’t work. Food gives you energy, especially healthy food, so eat well for the next seven days. Energy drinks are great for staying up to 5 a.m., but not great the night before a final.

Get fresh air after an especially long study session. Yes, it’s cold outside, but sitting inside for 12 hours straight should certainly warm your body up enough for a quick late-night campus walk. Don’t forget to ask your loving parents for a “finals care package,” which can be purchased at university-parent.com. Maybe mom or dad can make a care package themselves, instead of forking out $35 for junk food, popcorn, and microwavable macaroni and cheese.

Being positive is one of the most important aspects to having a successful finals week. If you study hard than you will not have to worry about the results.

Remember: no excuses, play like a champion. We would like to say good luck to all Falcons for finals week, and congratulations to each graduating senior for successfully completing your collegiate journey.