By Dr. Eileen Wirth
Don’t pull any all nighters during finals! That’s my final advice for the semester.
My students are straggling in for their final exams, some looking like survivors of a death march, others clutching coffee mugs like long lost lovers or talking too loudly because they’re on a caffeine-high. They’re in for a long exam.
Half an hour later, these students are staring into space or chewing their pens, desperately searching for answers that they would know if they had gotten more than an hour of sleep. Meanwhile their better-rested friends are racing through their exams, wishing me a great Christmas as they head out the door.
Since JM&C students have access to our computer labs 24 hours a day, we occasionally come to work to find a student slumped over a book. Do they realize that you can’t learn by osmosis from sleeping on a text?
Last week one student told me he had only had an hour of sleep in the past two days. OUCH! How could he possibly function???
Don’t try to play Super Jay during finals. Study hard but study smart. Get at least four or five hours of sleep a night, exercise to release tension and gain energy and eat properly. Check out the relaxation station that you’ll find listed on the Student Health website. It sounds awesome.
We’re almost there! Good luck for a Dead Week that won’t kill you and a good finals week. Have a wonderful holiday season and a great break. We’ll see you in January.