Welcome to the 150th Hunger Games! You have been selected as tribute in the next week of final exams throughout your courses, may the odds be ever in your favor. While you will be on your own for the exams, you should remember these few tips to help you study, and ease your mind while you are preparing. Take note of what you can do to help you make it through to the other end, and become the next Hunger Games champion!
Finals are here! Take a couple breaths and remember don’t stress! The best thing you can do is to study smarter, not harder! Study your material in chunks, and not cram. Make a study schedule for the next few weeks to help you build a good routine
including classes, finals, eating, sleeping, etc. You will want a routine to help keep you less stressed, and remember that you can do well!
If Necessary, Get Help
You don’t need to fight through the finals arena alone! It is important to make allies that are fighting inside the arena along with you, which would be your classmates. They know your pain, as they are going through it with you, and you can team up to form a strong alliance that will help you both achieve your study goals. It is important to pick allies that will help you achieve your study goals and not just your friends, remember there is a lot at stake in the finals arena. Don’t forget about your sponsors in your time of need, remember that they can send game changing gifts down to the arena. In the finals arena the sponsors are your professors and academic resources on campus, like the tutors from that Academic Achievement Center. It is important to make sure that they see you during the vital stage before the fight through the arena begins.
It is hard to find the time to sleep while fighting your way through the finals arena, but it is vital to your survival. Your mind and body won’t have the energy it needs to make it until the end if you are not giving it its proper rest. The night before each of your big battles it is more important to get your proper rest than it is to stay up preparing all night. If you show up to the fights sleepy and off your “A Game” than you will surely not arise from the finals arena as a victor.
Real, or not real? Unfortunately, just like Peta’s paranoia, finals do exist. So, the best way to get through them is to start preparing early. This means go to tutoring, check out the library, open that text book you have refused to acknowledge all semester. Review your notes. Do all the things. You should start preparing for finals 5-7 days in advance. District 1 didn’t make itself in a day, and we’d all love to hide out in District 13 bunker until finals are over, but… you can’t. So, 5-7 days in advance. 20-45 minutes at a time, every day, per subject. Give yourself breaks, eat well, sleep well, go to the gym. Take care of yourself, so that you can perform at your best.
Has anyone seen Finnick? … Odair he is! In the library!
Take a deep breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Count to five slowly on the inhale, count to five slowly on the exhale. Now, repeat 5 times. What are you doing to take downtime during finals week? We all know that Katniss spends 95% of her time saving the world, and 5% of her time on everything else. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about saving the world. You do have to worry about saving yourself – from yourself. DO NOT: pull an all nighter, study for more than an hour without at least a 10 minute break, stress-eat/drink/whatever-it-is-you-do. Be your best self. Run, eat well, lift weights, socialize, journal, draw, reflect, sit quietly, and listen to music [Adele playing in the background]. Chances are you have gotten through similar situations. Think about what has worked for you in the past? What is working now? Do more of those things. What hasn’t worked or is making you more stressed out? Do less of those things.
You’re in for the fight now, so may the odds be ever in your favor. Remember you can be the new Hunger Games champion if you start your studying now, get some sleep, and relax. Take advantage of all resources that you may need in the next few weeks, it is the gifts from your sponsors (or campus resources) that will help you get the best grade you can and be the 150th Hunger Games winner.
Graduate Assistant: Eddie Lomash
Learning Specialists: Tabatha Beck & Jeremy Boettinger