Operation Don’t Go Broke: Budget Your Time During “Dead Week”

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First year COCC nursing student Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.
Operation Don’t Go Broke is devoted to bringing readers helpful tips on ways to save in college.

Don’t let finals sneak up on you. Putting off studying now will only add to stress later. Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to get through “Dead Week.”

  • Don’t waste time on stress. You don’t have time to beat yourself up over grades or previous study habits. Stay positive and be confident.
  • Do plan ahead. You know you have x-amount of time before finals. Schedule schoolwork into each day.
  • Don’t attempt non-stop cramming. For every hour of studying give yourself a 10 minute break.
  • Do prioritize. Chores can wait, but eating and sleeping should rank right up there with studying.
  • Don’t forget to relax and have fun. Give your brain a break. Schedule a few hours of pure fun this week and completely clear your head for a few minutes each day.
  • Do write “To Do” lists. Map out all your tasks to get organized.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. In a rush, try instant oatmeal or a bagel with peanut butter and a piece of fruit. Snack on almonds, blueberries, apples and peanut butter.
  • Do plan for the unexpected. Give yourself extra time, set an alarm and plan on being early, just in case.
  • Don’t feed off other’s stress. Test anxiety can be contagious, so it’s a good idea to get off-campus for a while.
  • Do use different study strategies. If studying becomes too mundane, you won’t absorb anything.
  • Don’t forget it’s only one week. Spring break will be here soon, then you can forget all about finals.

Best stress-busters

  • Go to your happy place.
  • Get unplugged.
  • Walk along the river.
  • Ride go-carts at Sun Mountain Fun Center.
  • Rock out to your favorite album.
  • Go for a jog with your dog.
  • Watch your favorite movie or TV series.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Drink green tea.
  • Laugh about it.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Sleep.

First year COCC nursing student Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.
(Contact: aquesenberry@cocc.edu)

Next on ODGB, save money over spring break.

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