How to Survive Finals

by Lauren Turner on March 11, 2019

It’s Sunday March 10th. We’ve managed to survive 10th week, and spring break is right around the corner. The end is so close you can practically touch it! But unfortunately, we have one last thing to do before break: finals. As many Lawrence students know, finals can be an extremely stressful time. Whether you’re studying for a final, writing two research papers, or performing in your music qualifying exam, there is a lot to worry about in the next few days before you go back home. So with this in mind, here are a few tips about how to make finals a little easier.

Study Tips:

Discover the best way that you study! There are three different types of learners: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Here is a link to a quiz where you can find out what type of learner you are!

Here are several tips for the different types of learners.

1. Visual Learners:
-Try color coding your notes
-Making lists/outlines
-Graphic organizers of information
-Find graphs, charts, or diagrams that explain the information you’re learning about
-Study in places without visual distractions (i.e. 3/4th floors of the Library, Somerset/Pusey Room, Atrium, etc.)

2. Auditory Learners:
-Make rhymes or mnemomics of information you need to know
-Record lectures and listen to them while you study
-Find videos on Khan Academy or YouTube for topics you are confused about
-Study with others and talk about the material
-Word association
-Study in quiet places (i.e. 3/4th floor of the Library, Somerset/Pusey Room, Listening rooms in the Library, etc.)

3. Kinesthetic Learners:
-Study while standing up
-Study while exercising in the Wellness Center
-Act out different mechanisms
-Use real life examples to study
-Listen to music (Try it out! It may not work for you)
-Study in places where you can move around and not disturb others (i.e. 1st/2nd floor of the Library, Wellness center, 2nd floor of Warch, Café (?), etc.)

It is also super helpful to meet with a tutor if you are still confused about something. They’re here to help! You can get in touch with tutors or any extra help you may need through the CAS (Center for Academic Success). They have daily walk-in hours from 1-3 pm daily from 8th week through finals.

However, studying isn’t the only thing that we need to worry about during finals! Keeping our mental health up and staying positive during finals is also important!

Here are several tips for reducing stress and staying positive during finals:

1. Take Breaks! Although studying hard is a given, you also need to make sure you take breaks! Taking a break can actually help increase focus, reduce stress, and help retain more information. Go see a concert at the conservatory or play bubble soccer in the Wellness Center!

2. Exercise! Short exercise breaks can go a long way to help reducing stress! It helps you focus, gives you additional energy, and releases endorphins to help you feel better! Even just 15-30 minutes of exercise in the Wellness Center goes a long way to helping reduce stress! If you don’t like to exercise, then try yoga! There are several classes offered on campus during the week as well, and plenty of walking paths along the Fox River. Lawrence students can also receive a free membership to the YMCA next to Colman Hall. There are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs!

3. Eat healthy! You can often find yourself eating a lot of junk food out of stress during finals. Don’t! Junk food can give you an instant energy high, but in the long term will affect your concentration and memory and will end with a sugar crash. Eating more nutritious food will energize you and increase your concentration and retention. Andrew Commons is open throughout finals week, and always offers healthy options.

4. Get some sleep! While everybody has different sleeping habits, it’s never healthy to pull an all-nighter! Even having small naps during the day to help get your energy back up helps! In the end, sleep will help improve the quality and retention of studying, even if you end up with less study time.

Finals is a stressful time! Please make sure that you are taking care of yourselves during this period! You’ve got this!


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Coming to Terms with Campus Germs

by Jessica Gehring on March 5, 2019

At some point in everyone’s college experience, sickness strikes, leaving you feeling icky and with no energy to keep up with your rigorous workload. Being sick at college is inevitable, especially with so many people confined to a small place, so having a plan and knowing about wellness resources on campus is imperative.

Jessica’s Sick Tips for Staying Healthy!

  1. Practice good hygiene! This might seem like a given, but with so many high traffic areas on campus, there are germs everywhere. Washing your hands or carrying hand sanitizer is a great way to fight the spread of germs across campus.
  2. Take care of your body! Schoolwork and classes can be stressful, but taking a few extra precautions can prevent illness. Make sure you are drinking water and try to make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients. Sleep is also extremely important to maintaining your health, and is unfortunately something that is very commonly neglected by college students. If a busy schedule allows, it is also beneficial to utilize the Wellness Center or the local YMCA to get some exercise. Finally, managing stress is another way to keep your body healthy, so make sure to take some time for yourself each day.
  3. Dress properly during the winter months! Make sure you have an adequate jacket, hat, scarf, boots, and gloves to keep you warm. Frequent fluctuation in body temperature makes the body more susceptible to illness.
  4. At the beginning of each term, make sure you have basic medications, such as Advil or Mucinex in your room, so if you do get sick, you don’t have to venture off campus to buy medication. There are some basic over-the-counter medications available in the corner store, but it is much more cost effective to buy them in bulk off campus.
  5. Take an adult multi-vitamin to supplement nutrients you are not getting from your diet.

Jessica’s Sick Tips for When You’re Sick!

  1. Take a sick day! Life WILL go on if you miss a day of class, and you WILL be able to make up your work. Professors at Lawrence are very understanding, and with good communication, you should have no problem making up work. Sometimes taking a day to rest and drink fluids can cut the life of an illness drastically,
  2. Utilize the Wellness Center! There are nurses on staff Monday through Friday, and a doctor who visits in the morning. They can diagnose and treat minor illnesses such as sinus infections or the flu, and can also prescribe medication. Furthermore, they offer over-the-counter medication, tissues, cough drops, and gargling salt. For more information about the Health Center, visit
  3. Make sure you are drinking lots of fluids and eating food that will give your body strength to fight an illness. Having food in your room to snack can be helpful, or find a friend to grab some food for you from Warch. There are also lots of food businesses that deliver food directly to residence halls.
  4. If you wish to see a doctor outside of campus, there are two hospitals located close to campus, as well as several private practices and urgent cares in the area that accept various types of health insurance. If you are worried about transportation to these locations, there are many taxi services, Uber, and sometimes campus safety is even willing to drive you if they are not busy.
  5. Reach out for help if you need anything, whether to friends or your residence hall director or your roommate! Lawrence is a very supportive community, and there are plenty of people on campus who would be willing to help you feel better.

Lawrence’s Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center

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Braving the Wisconsin Cold!

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Women’s Soccer: A New Team

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