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How to slay your finals healthily and avoid burn-out?

Final exam week can be a stressful time for students, but with proper planning and self-care, it's possible to avoid burn-out and perform your best. Here are some practical tips to help you navigate through the intense exam period without losing your sanity.

First off, make sure you have a solid study plan. Instead of cramming all your revision into the few days leading up to the exams, let's create a study plan well in advance that spreads out your revision; break your subjects into smaller, more digestible chunks and allocate specific times for each topic. This way, you can digest the material better and feel less overwhelmed. Also, don't forget to be organized – try keeping all your study materials organized and in one place! If you take notes digitally, make folders for each of your courses; and for traditional paper notes, use binders to categorize them. This significantly reduces the time spent searching for materials and allows you to focus more on studying.

On days when you don't have exams, take the opportunity to step away from your desk and spend some time outside. Whether it’s a walk, a bit of exercise, or just soaking up some fresh air, these breaks are essential. They help reduce stress and recharge your batteries. Staying cooped up indoors and studying non-stop can lead to fatigue and decreased productivity. So, make sure to fit in some physical activity and relaxation time into your routine.

Moreover, eating balanced meals is crucial during exam week. Many VinUnians have meals while still studying, or even skip their meals to study, but beware – this can lead to poor digestion, which in turn affects brain function and overall energy levels. Ensure you eat at regular intervals and include a variety of nutritious foods to keep your body and mind fueled. Foods rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals can enhance cognitive function and help you stay focused. Staying hydrated is equally important, so drink plenty of water throughout the day. Alongside eating, adequate sleep is also non-negotiable. 7-9 hours of sleep each night might be hard, but keeping it at 6 hours minimum will allow your brain to rest and consolidate information. Lack of sleep can impair your memory, concentration, and problem-solving abilities, making it harder to perform well on exams.

To avoid being burned out, maintaining social connections is important as it gives you tons of emotional support. Don't isolate yourself completely during exam week. Taking some time with family or friends to engage in non-academic conversations can provide a necessary mental break and help keep your stress in check. If you find yourself struggling with certain subjects or feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to seek help. Reach out to friends, families or anyone for assistance. Sometimes, a different perspective or explanation can make a big difference in understanding difficult concepts.

Remember, while exams are important, your well-being is, too. Taking care of yourself is the best strategy to ensure you perform to the best of your abilities. Good luck in the last exams of the year!




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