Finding your focus for finals

By Nin Garcia |Staff Writer|

Finals are around the corner and some of us need to get it in gear, while others are starting to get the case of “senioritis.”

For many students that means hours of studying supported only by coffee and occasional sugar filled study breaks. Not surprisingly to say, most of us are stressed and can’t wait for the quarter to be over since we are already feeling the pressure.

So what are a few tips that you as a student can take to ensure your increase of focus and ace those exams? gives five FOCUS tips that can improve your concentration. Always remember these acronyms, “F” which stands for “five or more rule,” meaning if you’re in the middle of a task and you are tempted to give up, just do FIVE MORE.

In other words, read FIVE MORE pages, finish FIVE MORE math problems, or work FIVE MORE minutes. By doing this you can build mental stamina because you are now attempting to push past the point of frustration.

“O” stands for “one think at a time.” So, when you start to feel scatter brained, set a time frame on the certain issue you need to attack. For example, you can think about how you will pay your bills for half an hour, and worry about your presentation first.

If this does not work then write down a to-do-list, so you’re free to forget them. Recording worrisome obligations means you don’t have to use your brain as a reminder, giving your undivided attention to your most crucial task.

The “C” stands for “conquer procrastination.” Procrastination almost seems to be a disease among students, always putting of that project, or that homework assignment.

When you feel like delaying a responsibility ask yourself these three questions, “Do I have to do this? Do I want it done so it’s not on my mind? Will it be any easier later?”

This gives you the motivation to mentally apply yourself because they bring you face to face with a fact that this task isn’t going to go away, and delaying will only add to your guilt and make this task more annoying than you want it to be.

“U” stands for, “use your hands as blinkers.” simple way to put this is cup your hands around your eyes so you have “tunnel vision” and are looking solely at your task, for example, your text book.

At times you can be bombarded by your surroundings so, placing your hands on the side of your face blocks out your surroundings to narrow your focus. This teaches your brain to switch to a “one track” mind.

Finally, “S” stands for, “see as if for the first time.” This might be the toughest to do in the easiest way. This aims for you to concentrate on the “here and now” and the present instead of mindlessly rushing everywhere.

Simply look around you and really SEE your surroundings. For instance, analyze the laughter in students as they rush past you to their next class.

Student Valerie Silvas said, “I have been falling behind, so I have been going to see my professors for extra help and just been trying to make a schedule for myself so I can’t be on top of things.”

If  FOCUS doesn’t seem to help then remember there are other things such as calculating your time, get a good night sleep, study in different locations, eat healthy, stay hydrated, exercise and finally reward yourself!