“Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.”
― C.S. Lewis
It is that wonderful yet dreaded part of the year again. Finals week. *imagine dramatic music here* I say wonderful because it’s that last week before three wonderful and well deserved weeks of break for all of us! It’s a time to buckle down and study but at the same time it’s also a time to be silly.
Too often when it gets time to this time of the quarter, everyone disappears into what I call the Final Vortex of No Sleep. Number one everyone should sleep! While you may think cramming one more tiny piece of information into your brain will help you do well on the final, it would probably be good if you were awake enough to recall any information.
So the quote above. I’m going to digress for a little bit but please bear with me. Do you remember when you were kids and learning something new was one of the most exciting things that could happen during a day. As a kid, I remember that adults always found it so adorable that I found it so fascinating that the moon had different phases. That kind of excitement and that kind of silliness is what we should try to get back as young adults. I see people in study rooms with their heads in their hands trying to physically take the information from their textbooks and stuff it in their brains. Learning does not have to be that painful! Adults can be silly, and we can find that silliness and apply during finals week studying. I know for me drawing out a particular concept or making up a song to memorize something leads to a lot of fun and silly moments. Working hard doesn’t have to be painful, it can be fun and silly! Let’s make learning creative this finals week.
Also on another note, take time to be a little silly while studying. Watch a silly video as a break, here’s my favorite one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE-1RPDqJAY . If you’re one of that person who gets stuck on the internet for four hours after watching one video then go outside and run around in a circle. People may stare at you but getting fresh air and moving around a little does wonders. Your brain is going to be working in overtime so don’t forget to work out other parts of your body as well! Also if you’re too scared to go outside and run around in a circle, take some friends and make them do it with you. I know for me most of my strength during finals weeks comes from the support of my friends and it really helps to have someone to be silly with.
Good luck on finals everyone! I know you’re all going to do splendidly. If you need more ideas/have any more ideas on how to incorporate silliness and fun into studying come see me in office hours!