I hope everyone had a great Easter, a festive Ostara, and a
Blessed Passover. It was a low-key weekend at my house. We didn't
even make Easter baskets. Peeps were procured and cupcakes were
made, but that was about it. I spent the whole weekend working
Finals start next week. Let the panic commence! NO. No panic! We
will not panic. There will be NO panicking. OK. Now that that's
done. Given that this is the last week before finals, it's time to
get all my ducks in a row - practicing, note writing, memorizing,
preparing, and everything else!
Sometimes the organization and preparation for finals is just as
stressful as actually taking them. The last week before the tests
begin is when all the notes must be finished and the hardcore
studying takes place. For me, I learn more in the last week than I
do in the 14 weeks before. I know that it's not supposed to work
that way, but that's how I work. There's something about
solidifying everything and repetition, repetition, repetition. I
will, actually, be studying up until I walk in to take each test.
I'm doing my best to not repeat the events of last tri's finals.
I existed most of the last finals week on caffeine and very little
sleep. I don't remember whether I was eating or eating anything
remotely respectable, but I suspect I wasn't. So, that will not
happen this time. Here are a few suggestions that I'm pulling
together for this tri's finals for myself--and all of
Andrea's suggestions for finals
- Make sure all equipment is in working order. Charge those
batteries. There's nothing worse than having to show up for a
practical and your equipment isn't working. It's happened to me
before. Not good. Also, you want to make sure you can use your own
stuff. It's also difficult to try to walk in with someone else's
equipment and do a timed exam. So. Charge 'Em!
- Make sure that you have printer ink and paper. Inevitably,
there will be a study guide that's about 50 pages long (what class
is this for, Tri 4 kids?) and I'll need to print it out and write
all over it. The worst thing EVER, is to have it be the night
before an exam or the afternoon before an exam and not be able to
print my notes. This reminds me. I need to order ink. It's so much
cheaper that way.
- Go to the gym. Every day. It's really easy to convince myself
that I don't have time. I know that once I get home, there's no way
that I'm going out again - it's like working a miracle. I know that
I feel so much better when I go. It clears my head and gets me
- NO CAFFEINE. NONE. I don't drink coffee. Coffee + Andrea =
SCARY. I've given up on Coke (New Year's Resolution still holding
strong) and I don't drink anything else with caffeine in it. I know
that I can exist for weeks on caffeine and no sleep. NO GOOD. Not
gonna do it. (Don't do it!)
- Food. Light. It's easier to focus (for me) when I don't eat
anything heavy. That means lean meat and fruit pretty much
exclusively. This is, of course, Paleo friendly and super easy
- Sleep. At least 6 hours a night. I've done some all-nighters. I
did one last tri (well, less than 2 hours of sleep pretty much
counts as an all-nighter), and even though it worked in my favor
THAT time, it's not something that needs to happen on a regular or
semi-regular basis. We also know that less than 6 hours a night
promotes inflammation. Inflamed brains don't work. So, I'm shooting
for 6 hours during the week and as much as I can get on the
- A bit of downtime for whatever. DVR exists for this reason.
Pinterest (if you're not already on it RUN AWAY), Daylight. Check
it out. It's good for vitamin D, too.
OK. Enough of that. So I wish you all a happy finals preparation
and a happy spring and all of that other stuff. If you're getting
antsy while you're studying, take a break. It really will make
things go smoother. See you all on the flip-side.