Video & Story: Five tips for surviving finals week

By Caitlin Soard

1. Sleep. 

Getting eight hours is critical to doing well on exams. Pulling an all-nighter the night before a big final actually harms performance.

2. Use the 50-10 rule. 

The 50-10 rule says that for every 50 minutes of an hour, you should take a 10-minute break to clear your head before going back to studying.

This method will also help keep you focused and allows time for a short reward.

3. Avoid time-wasting sites.

It’s easy to get sucked into a hole of procrastination with sites like Facebook or Twitter.

Using an app on your computer like Cold Turkey (or Self Control for Mac users) allows you to block access to sites you know you’ll waste a lot of time on.

After the timer you set runs out, your access returns to normal. 4. Put the phone away.

Studying with your phone right next to you is a major distraction.

Put it on silent and set it out of arm’s reach. That way, you’ll be less tempted to reach for it while you’re studying.

5. Eat well.

Keeping a balanced diet is important, especially when keeping a crazy schedule.

Avoid fatty foods like pizza late at night. They’ll keep you awake while you’re trying to sleep and make you feel more sluggish the next day.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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