Food for Finals

The dreaded finals are upon us. Late night studying has commenced and that can lead to some poor eating habits. However, maintaining healthy eating will actually be more beneficial to your finals because your body and mind will be at their peak performance.

Here are some simple snack ideas for when you are studying late at night.

     Frozen Greek Yogurt Blueberries – Blueberries are great for brain health and you need        your brain at its prime in order to remember everything for the test. Greek Yogurt is just      great for your body overall and provides you with much needed protein.

     Dark Chocolate – that is right, chocolate can help you with studying. Dark chocolate          helps stimulate blood flow to the brain which helps you concentrate on your work. But        of course, use it in moderation.

     Green Tea – unlike coffee, which can get you jittery if you have to much, green tea has        the amino acid L-theanine which will give you energy without putting you in overdrive.

     Water – It is important to stay hydrated throughout your study sessions. Doing so will          help blood flow to the brain and keep you from overheating, which can lead to                   headaches and lack of focus.

     Cheese Cucumber Sandwiches – You don’t have to worry about crumbs covering your      lap or your computer after you eat these, and it will help curb your carb cravings. The        crunchiness of the cucumber will balance out the richness of the fat and salt from the        cheese.

Though these snacks won’t be able to guarantee straight A’s on your finals, they will help you get one step closer.

As for working out, the RAC will have the same hours it has had all semester, so no worries about not being able to make it in.

The Group Fitness Classes will be changed slightly however, classes will still be offered but the times will be different.

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Just remember, you are almost done!

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End of the Semester Time Management

student_stressLet’s blame our professors for all our stress-related issues during these last two weeks of the semester! It’s all their fault students are rushing around, pulling out their hair and not getting adequate amounts of sleep! Well, OK, maybe they’re not to blame. They’re just testing our knowledge and preparing us for the real world; they’re doing their job.

We can only blame ourselves for the way we handle the pressure of the last minute cramming and the wrapping up of projects and papers. I would like to share with you one of the secrets to getting all your work done while being as stress-free as possible. This little secret is called time management.

The Mayo Clinic offers some great advice for handling stress and improving productivity through managing time efficiently. Here are a few tips that I would like to highlight, but I encourage you all to check out the full article as well.

  • Plan each day
    • Creating a detailed calendar that includes due dates of all assignments and times for exams will definitely help in making sure that you don’t forget something and remember when it’s too late. Make sure to include on your schedule everything you have to do, whether it’s course related or not. This includes making doctor appointments, going grocery shopping, hitting the gym and whatever else you may have to do. Put this calendar in a spot that will be visible to you constantly. This will allow you to see all your plans laid out together to help you manage your time better.

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  • Prioritize your tasks
    • Some tasks are more important than others, and some have different deadlines. Make sure to list the most important tasks at the top of your to-do list so that you spend the majority of your time and energy on those first. This doesn’t mean that the little tasks can be skipped. This is just a way of reminding yourself that some are of higher importance than others and should be handled first.
  • Limit distractions
    • Being distracted could very well be one of the biggest issues students have when it comes to not using all the time available to their advantage. If what you’re working on is important to you and needs to get done, then acknowledge that Facebook, texting, listening to music, etc. may only be hurting you rather than helping. Eliminate all distractions, even if this means putting the phone away, closing the door and working alone.

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It’s important to continue studying the next couple of weeks and finish out the semester on a good note, but make sure you are doing it as efficiently as possible. If you manage your time properly, you will be surprised at how much more you can actually get done and how less stressed you will be

The end is near!

Patty

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048

Finals Week is Upon Us

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Finals week is here! All of us students know the pressures and headaches that finals bring, but never fear, your friends at Campus Recreation and Intramurals are here to help you come up with four tips to make sure that you are on your “A+” game heading into finals week.

1. Never cram — We are all in college we know what happens when there’s not enough time in the week (work, student organizations, the occasional party) but don’t cram. The Huffington Post says that the best way to study is in 20-50 minute increments giving yourself 5-10 minute breaks in between so you don’t suffer from a “brain drain.”

2. Create a “zen-like” environment for you to study in — Although it may seem like the coolest place to study, Starbucks and coffee houses might not get it done for you. There will be a bunch of distractions and potentially a spilled coffee on all of your notes. Try to find a quiet nook somewhere with few distractions, and throw on some slow tunes even Mozart to make your studying environment the most peaceful.

3. Study groups aren’t always bad — Personally I can’t really study with a group of people just because there are way too many distractions, but I will say that I’ve seen people form study groups and make great grades. Study groups are good for keeping you motivated, especially when your studies take you into the wee hours of the morning and you are feeling sleepy. Also, if your professor is on lock down for finals week and you don’t understand something, there’s always someone in the class who gets it, so form a group with them and you should be on your way to success.

4. Then again the professors are there for a reason — Even though professors will be bombarded with slackers trying to get some last-minute points when they haven’t been seen since the first day of class, try to schedule an office hour meeting with your professor. Just to talk about the things that you don’t understand, and what types of things would be most beneficial for you to study before test day.

All in all, the holidays are right around the corner, so just tough it out this final week and you should be good to go! Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors and good luck on all of your finals!

Wishing all of you the very best,

Skyler

Why YOU Should Go to the RAC During Finals

With finals approaching, hitting up the RAC is probably in the back of your mind. This is because you are unaware of the benefits of going to the RAC during finals week.

Exercise can help you perform better in your finals. It’s been proven! According to a New York Times article, scientists in Ireland recently asked male college students to participant in a memory test. The men watched a lineup of photos with names. They were asked to recall the names of the strangers. Afterward, the students exercised then took the test again. The participants performed better on the memory test. See! Your brain does function better with exercise!

With your busy studying schedule, you may not have much time for exercise. It’s ok! Here are some ideas that can get your blood flowing in a small amount of time.

  • 15-minute brisk walk/run
  • Go on a short bike ride
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 3-song dance fest (upbeat music)
  • Stretching

If you have some more time on your hands, you can get your blood flowing by attending a group fitness class at the RAC. Take a look at the Group Fitness Finals Schedule below.

Looking for relaxation? Get a massage at the RAC for a great price! You can get a 30-minute massage for $25 or a 1-hour massage for $50. Celebrate Wellness Wednesday by receiving $5 off of massages during finals week. Schedule your massage by calling (912) 478-5436. Space is limited.

Don’t forget to stay active during finals week! It may make the difference between an A and a B.

Good Luck!
Victoria