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Slam Your Final Exam

Morgan Wolfe


Well… there’s no getting around it; the time of year that we’ve all been dreading this semester has quickly approached us – finals. For most students, final exam week is a stressful period that creeps up way too fast leaving little to no time for preparation or rest. However, there are some tricks that can help alleviate some stress and anxiety.

Get Some Rest

A good night’s sleep will help you retain information longer and do well on your exams. Studies show that rapid-eye movement or REM sleep aids memory and thought process. Remember to take naps too! A twenty-minute power nap can help boost your alertness and physical stamina.

Change up Your Study Spot 

Instead of studying in the same room over and over again, adventure to a new spot around town with a different atmosphere. A study referenced by the New York Times, found that alternating study spots improves retention.

Manhattan has a lot of great coffee shops that make it easy unpack your books, sip some caffeine and get to work. Some spots include: Sparrow Specialty Coffee, Radinas Coffeehouse and Roastery, Arrow Coffee Co, Bluestem Bistro and Paramour Coffee.

If you’re looking for some on-campus spots, Hale Library is providing quite the hook-up with their freebie events as follows:

CAFFEINE FIX: Mon. – Weds., Dec. 11-13, 6 – 8 p.m. 2nd and 4th floors. Free Einstein’s Bros. coffee and bagels, Jimmy John’s sandwiches, and hot chocolate from the Union Program Council while supplies last.

ALL WEEK: RANDOM ACTS OF SNACKS sponsored by K-State Libraries, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs and Varsity Donuts!

DE-STRESS STATION: Coloring pages and pencils, Sudoku, word searches, and more located near Library Help!

Divide it Up

Instead of spending hours cramming for your exams, divide your time up and give yourself a break. Study in 20-50 minute increments with 5-10 minute breaks in between. Managing your time will also help relieve stress and anxiety.

Move It!

Take a break and get some exercise. Research at Columbia University found that physical activity promotes neurogenesis (creation of new brain cells) and overall increases brain performance. It’s also a great way to wake you up when you feel tired from studying too long. The K-State Rec Center offers a diverse range of workout opportunities for people of all interests. Manhattan has also recently adopted a new yoga center in Aggieville called, Orange Sky Yoga, giving students the chance to come relax and de-stress in any of their numerous classes. 



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