SEE Tip: Put the flashcards down for some shut eye during finals week! Long-term memories are predominantly formed during sleep when the brain replays recent experiences. Researchers at the University of Lubeck in Germany found that sleep not only strengthens a memory's content but also the sequence in which they are experienced. Students were presented sets of words in a particular order. One group of these students was allowed to sleep and another was not. Those who were allowed to sleep could more often recall the order of words than those who were not allowed to sleep. To read more click here.
Minimize Monday: Growing your own food maximizes the fun and pride involved with meals but it can also minimize your environmental impact by reducing pesticide use and the food miles traveled to get your food to your plate. For those of us who live in the city or have limited yard space though it may at first seem improbable. Thanks to Planet Green’s list of 66 things you can grow at home in containers it may be time to reconsider playing farmer for the summer! Check out the list. It isn’t too late to grow a green thumb and some veggies!
Stressbuster Sound-off: As we at Hopkins know, FINALS is actually an acronym, for Fiddlesticks! I Never Actually Learned Stuff!! (Of course, this is the politically correct version of the acronym.)
During finals, it's more important than ever to look after your health. The most important thing is sleep. Seriously. If you're not sleeping well or enough during finals, you won't retain any of the information you're trying to cram. It's tempting to pull multiple all-nighters- but if you're falling asleep on your Scantron on test day, it's not going to help.
The absolute WORST thing to do during reading period is drink. Just don't do it. It's not going to take away your worries, and a hangover will eat up half the productivity of the next day. If there's a party, and you've studied all day- sure, go. Dance. Let off some steam. But drink Coke instead of anything alcoholic. Save the hardcore partying for after finals. Make time to do small things to reset your mind, so you don't panic and explode too often. Sometimes, that's all you can ask for. But if you've been studying for a solid 2 hours, even if you feel like you're on a roll and can go on, take a 15-minute break. Run around outside, or talk to friends, or take out your journal and write, or doodle, or read a few pages of a book that makes you happy. Or answer emails. We all have a backlog of emails we need to answer- and if you don't, contact an old friend. The point is, you should do something to mentally switch gears. Naps don't work as well because your brain is probably still going to be freaking out over that synthesis problem you can't quite figure out.
Good luck with finals, and don't go too crazy!
--Garvi Sheth, Stressbusters Co-coordinator--
Need more SEE? Visit the Breezeway from 11-1 today! Come to Q-level of the library every Monday from 8-10 to check out Stressbuster's Mellow Out Mondays!