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Tips to avoid stressing over finals week

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The end of the school year is right around the corner, but before students can celebrate summer, they have to conquer finals. Some students say the stress can be overwhelming.

Director of Student Success at Saint Mary's College, Diane Fox says this doesn't have to be a stressful time for students. "Ideally the night before the exam you study the least."

She says if you start absorbing information from the first class on, then leading up to finals should just be review. "Your short term memory is only capable of holding so much information at a time."

Which is why she says cramming the night before isn't a good idea. While that may be the perfect scenario, it's probably not realistic for most students. For the procrastinators out there, Fox has some tips. "Peppermint helps to release an enzyme in your brain that helps you think clearly, same thing's true with walnuts."

So stock up on those study snacks. She also says exercise regularly and get plenty of rest. Students have their own ways of relieving stress.

"I'm going to Starbucks everyday and staying there to study for a couple hours," says freshman Molly Frantz.

Another remedy? Rabbits! Senior Mara Scott brings her collection of pets to share with fellow students during finals week every year. "It is scientifically proven that rabbits or any fury animal, if you pet them that it relieves your stress."

Some students like Jacqueline Rivera say the rabbits work. "I'm a bit stressed out, but to relieve my stress bunnies help and hanging out with my friends on study breaks, talking to them, going out to eat for food on midnight runs to McDonalds."

No matter the remedy, Fox says don't let stress get the best of you. "The more stressed you are, the harder it is to get what you have learned out of your long term memory, it's like a big block or a linebacker standing in your way."

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