A guide to studying, procrastinating and drinking your way to the end of the semester

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At last, it’s that time of the semester that every student dreads, yet looks forward to because it means a break is near: finals.

And we all know what this means — extended hours at the library, overcrowding at every coffee shop, and the urge to consume large amounts of alcohol while setting fire to all of your lecture notes.

While nothing can fully alleviate the pain of finals, read on for a guide to surviving this last week of the semester.

Study tips
– Tailor the amount of time you study for each final to how hard each test is likely to be and how well you already know the material from that class.
– Ask plenty of questions. Your professors are there to help (most of them, anyways) and should be available to tell you what is going to be covered on the final, how it will be formatted, etc.
– Study with a group… but only if it makes sense. If working with a group is going to help you learn the material better, do it. If you’re just studying with friends to catch up on each others’ weekends and play pranks in the library — probably not.
– Remember to make time for breaks and sleep. Staring at a textbook or computer screen for five hours straight is just going to turn your brain into mush. Go on a walk, take a 20-minute power nap or watch Gangnam Style on YouTube to break up your studying every once in awhile.
– Always attend the review sessions. Period.

Places to study
– The library, obviously. There are three whole floors (and a creepy basement) full of tables, study rooms and computers. The peace and quiet of a library environment really can’t be beat for studying purposes. It tends to get crowded though, so stake out a spot early or send friends in shifts.
– Coffee shops. During finals week especially, coffee joints like Starbucks, The Alley Cat, Mugs and Momo Lolo are bound to be buzzing with college students. Knowing that everyone around you is cramming too might just motivate you to study harder. Also, caffeine.
– The Behavioral Sciences Building. This place has more study nooks and comfy chairs than you could fathom. Take your pick.
– The Skeller. Just kidding.

Best ways to procrastinate
If you feel like your head is going to explode if you write one more notecard, there are plenty of great options for procrastinating.

– Pinterest. There is no better way to waste time than logging on to Pinterest and discovering the virtual world of endless crafts, recipes, inspiring quotes and shirtless pictures of Ryan Gosling.
– Go hiking. One of the best ways to de-stress can be going out to enjoy nature. Plus, hiking usually takes at least a few hours.
– Zone out in front of the TV for a while. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked on shows you’ve never heard of, like “My Strange Addiction,” “Tattoo Nightmares,” and “Doomsday Preppers.” (Yes, I have seen episodes of all of these. Yes, as a result of procrastinating.)
– Dorms often have de-stressor activities, so if you come in at the right time you might get the opportunity to play with puppies or enjoy some free hot chocolate. Score.

Drink Specials
See above-mentioned urge to consume large amounts of alcohol, though perhaps you should refrain from burning your notes until after your exams.

– Monday: $10 buckets all day at Beach House Grill. Buckets of alcohol, people. All day.
– Tuesday: $2.50 microbrews, $1.50 domestic beers, plus $1 off wine and well drinks at Bondi Beach Bar from 3-7 p.m.
– Wednesday: $2 drafts and $2.50 Jager shots at Steak Out Saloon for your drinking pleasure.
– Thursday: Fuzzy’s is the place to be from 9 p.m. to close. $2 frozen margaritas, $2 domestic beers, $3 microbrews and $1 jello shots.
– Friday: Head over to Lucky Joe’s for an all-day happy hour from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. to celebrate the end of finals week — you made it!