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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Finals Survival Guide

Y'all, finals are upon us!
Many of you are already me ;)
But some won't even begin until next week!

I decided to put together a little list of a few things that might help you survive yours...although I don't guarantee A's!

Let's start with nourishment: Water is pretty obvious, that's why it's not on the graphic-but you need to stay hydrated! All nighters will kill you, so as long as you keep hydrated, you will make it to the other side. 

Do try to sleep, but if not, you're going to need Starbs and protein!
Grab your favorite coffee (I love the Chestnut Praline Latte!) and then pick up a fruit/nut/cheese plate (Starbucks has these in their refrigerated section, Publix has these where you can pick them up pre-packaged, etc.)
It's so important to keep your strength up, it will help your memory and keep you sane :)

Keeping up with your tasks via a super cute to-do list like this one; I always make to-do lists based on what has to be turned in first/what test is first. That way I know how I have to plan to tackle everything on time!
I also like to use cute sticky notes to remind myself of due dates and test times. These are also super useful for jotting quick notes and keeping your place in books.

Droptime is another suggestion I have for all y'all!
It's my favorite "Educational" app because it's a timer that tells you how long to study for (30 minutes) and then a break (10 minutes). It keeps you on task and has really helped me a lot, especially when reading textbooks!

My last suggestion is finding a good hygiene combination!
It's hard to find time to shower (let's be honest!) so you want to make sure you pick out a great dry shampoo & an even better anti-perspirant!

I tried out this one from Degree (it's spray on!) before a big final presentation, and y'all it works so well!
I was so nervous, but I didn't sweat bit (gross, but helpful to know!)

In the end, remember to just relax and do your best-that's all you can do!
And when it's over, pour yourself a giant bottle glass of wine and tweet the praise hand emoji!

What did you do/do you do to prepare and survive finals?

Until next time. . .


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  1. Great Survival Guide girly!! Definitely great ideas!

    Sugar & Something

  2. This guide is so helpful! I may have to check out that app for next semester!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  3. Ah I so wish they had the Chestnut Praline Latte in Oz! Droolworthy!

  4. Such great tips! I love that you mention getting your protein in, I always ate so horribly during finals that my body just couldn't keep up. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  5. Hope your finals went well!!

    How 2 Wear It []

  6. Hmm, the spray on deodorant is interesting.
    To-do lists always help me get my stuff straight.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  7. I've never heard of the droptime app but it sounds so cool! I could not live without sleep during finals week, I have no idea how people pull all nighters, I would totally fail!

  8. Coffee is definitely a must to help me get through finals! Good luck with yours!


  9. Yes! These are definitely survival essentials for finals! What a great've really thought of everything!

    xo Ashley

  10. Wish I would have heard of droptime when I was in school.

  11. I want all of this!! I've heard a lot about that dove deodorant. It sounds like it works really well!

    Sara Kate Styling

  12. I need to check out that Droptime app! I've never heard of it and I'm sure it would help me a ton!

    Kayla |

  13. The deodorant thing is seriously key plus dry shampoo!

  14. Seriously great post! These things are all must-haves when it comes to finals studying! I haven't heard of that app yet.. but I need to check it out!

  15. So accurate! I cannot tell you how may Starbucks coffees I've had in the past week...

    Kisses and good karma,
    Tatum | AbstractAphrodite

  16. Snacks are an absolute must to get through finals - good luck w/ them! x Nicole |

  17. Nutritious food is a must!

  18. Definitely a solid guide! Looking forward to winter break in 4 days!

  19. Love the idea of the fruit platter!
    Miss Olivia Says

  20. Love this! Hope your finals went well!


  21. Such a cute guide! Good luck with finals!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  22. Yess!! I lived on those preprepped fruit and cheese trays in college! I still pick them up from time to time. I hope finals week didn't take too much out of you! Merry Christmas!


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