Productive Ways to Take a Break During Exam Week

Tuesday, December 6, 2016




It's finally finals week - here comes a mixture of stress over exams and excitement because we're almost done. While it's tempting to study non-stop for finals and focus only on your tests, it's actually very beneficial to take breaks and have some stress-free time to relax throughout the week. I love finals in a way because I always have several free days in between my exams and I can do other things and still have enough time to focus on school.

There's nothing wrong with binge watching Netflix on your couch during these days off, but it's even better to get out and do something productive that benefits you while you have free time. It's great to keep your routine of waking up early and getting out of the house. But hopefully you'll have enough days to do both!

Here are some ways you can take a productive break from finals:

Exercise with a friend/group. 

You're probably still getting in your regular workouts but make it extra fun by hanging out with a friend while walking a trail or go to a Zumba class. It's a lot of fun and great stress relief - plus you get to spend time with other people, which is a nice break from spending so much time alone studying. Exercise can get your mind + body right so they're more prepared for schoolwork.

Volunteer.

I'm volunteering today on one of my days off and I highly recommend it. It's such a positive experience you'll be glad you did. At this time of year, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available and you can find something aligned with the field you're going in for extra experience. Check out your local schools, food banks, thrift stores, animal shelters, etc. Possibilities are endless and you could also spend a few hours ringing the Salvation Army bell. 

Job shadow.

If you haven't had much experience with internships or part time jobs, a great way to gain insight into your future career is job shadowing. You can spend a day or a few hours sitting in at a business that interests you and see what their company culture and tasks are like. This will help you get ideas for your future and can provide an opportunity to network while you take your mind off classes.

Shop for Christmas presents.

Shopping might not seem like the most productive task, but this is something that has to get done so why not now during your free time. Spending a few hours at the mall can be relaxing, especially since you're able to go on a weekday when it's much less crowded. You'll feel really accomplished if you cross a few people off your list.

Clear semester clutter.

After you get an exam out of the way and your final grade is posted, go ahead and clean out your computer files, emails, and loose papers relating to the class. I don't recommend doing this if grades are still questionable and everything isn't yet finalized, but once you're done with a class, take a few minutes and clean out the things you no longer need.

Write reviews + send emails.

If you had an amazing professor that really added to your college experience, send them an email thanking them for going out of their way to help you and wish them a good break. This will make their day and probably make them remember you. Take time to write reviews on RateMyProfessor and school evaluations, as well, to help out future students.



What's your favorite way to take a break while studying?

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