Welcome back to another edition of the blog- your favorite bi-weekly word press written by 2 guys desperately trying to hold onto their last moments of college. This week I’m reporting to you from the UT library. It has been roughly 7 months since I’ve been here last (spring finals) and I can remember why I never go here. Do schools make these places depressing on purpose? Like I get it, the $400 million basketball stadium we are building will be sick, but can we get some new chairs in the jaunt?
It’s a bi-yearly tradition to cram for finals, and I’m on my 9th lap. It’s never fun, but we somehow gotta get this degree. After cumulating a 2.1 GPA last semester, I’m taking a whole new approach to these finals. Ladies and gents, I hope you follow suit.
Tip #1: Schedule Your Week on an Hourly Basis
I know this seems like overkill, but trust me when I say this one is a game-changer. Figure out everything you’ve gotta do, and start blocking off hours of the day. Don’t forget to put in hours to sleep, eat, shit, etc. The key is to visualize everything you need to do and get it done.
Tip #2: Get the Vibe Check
Are you a study group guy or more of a solo studier? Do you need absolute silence, or is some background noise beneficial? Maybe you even like studying outside. Whatever your vibe is for learning, obtaining it for maximum efficiency is essential. I mean, we’re not studying all semester, so we gotta optimize where possible, right? Also, if you think your study vibe is your bed, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.
Tip #3: Caffeine
Caffeine is the most critical part of any procrastinator's repertoire. According to the research I am completely making up for the sake of this article, caffeine on average makes you 3104% better at studying. From what I can find on the internet, you should only consume at max 800 mg of caffeine a day so make sure to space it out. Coffee first thing in the morning, then maybe some tea. Grab an energy drink during your late lunch. And cap the night with some more caffeine. You have to sleep during finals, but who needs more than 4-5 hours a day?
Tip #4: Mass Gainer
Okay, so not maybe you’re beyond screwed and don’t have much time to grab food. This isn’t something I’d recommend for the long term, but for finals, snag yourself some mass gainer. 2 mass gainer shakes a day can pretty much cover all of your nutritional needs for a day. Does it taste like chocolate concrete? Absolutely. Since you waited all year for these finals, do you have much of a choice? Maybe not.
Tip #5: Review Right Before bed and First Thing in the Morning
POV: It’s 3:00 AM, you’ve read over your psychology Quizlet 4 times, and you’re catching yourself falling asleep. It’s time for you to go to bed, but garner any last-minute energy you have to review your notes. Do it while even falling asleep. Then, after a fresh 4 hours of sleep, wake up and recheck it. I have no evidence behind this one, but it’s helped me remember so much last-minute crap I would’ve never known if not.
On that note, I’m using this blog to procrastinate for my final tomorrow. And you’re probably doing the same now. Onward, my friend. Let’s get this bread.
- Connor (Study guy, 1 more lap to go guy)