Spring Break is over and you feel rejuvenated, then reality hits you like a ton of bricks. You realize that you papers out of the wazoo and that each are due with deadlines that leave no room to breath.

You’re struggling to find a way to work on all of your projects at the same time, keep up with the class reading and do mandatory homework. This is a common occurrence amongst college students, especially when you get into your upper level classes.

It is important to take maintain your mental health in the middle of chaotic finals week. Here are three ways to keep stress levels low in the weeks leading up to and during finals week:

  1. Focus on one day at a time!
  2. If you plan too far in advanced you will only stress yourself out.  A better solution would be to right out everything in the order of importance for that day or even that week.

    If you still feel overwhelmed, break assignments into sections. For example if you have a research paper instead of trying to get all completed in one or even two sittings, take a day for gathering resources, a day for outlining and then take maybe two days to write the actual paper. It is important while using this method to plan at least three days ahead of the due date.

  3. Remember to make time for thing that you enjoy doing.Reach out for help when you need it.
  4. Life was not meant to be faced alone so you should realize neither was college. If there is a particular subject that you are struggling with find someone who is doing well in it and ask him/her for help.

    If you can’t find help then see if tutoring is available for that course or go directly to the professor for help. Most professors appreciate it when their students display an interest in how well they are performing in their class.

You can do this hang in there!

College is not a walk through the park. College does become a lot easier when you learn how to prioritize assignments, make time for friends and fun, and get help when necessary.

These are just some of the ways to maintain low stress levels during the terror the most students know as finals week. Take these tips and apply them to your whole semester and you will be ahead of the game.

-Christian
Thriveworks Intern