04/22/2011 02:24 pm ET Updated Jun 22, 2011

Your Finals Week Survival Guide: The 7 Things You Need to Get Out Alive

As much as it pains me to say, finals season is coming. For some, you've still got a few weeks before all hell breaks loose. For others, there are only 7 days between you and those dreaded cram-everything-you've-learned-in-the-past-three-months-into-a-100-questions tests. Needless to say, it's a stressful time of year that always sneaks up on us, no matter how many syllabi we have or how much we tell ourselves that we're going to start studying three weeks in advance.

So, since we're really getting down to the wire here, I've compiled a little survival guide to help all of us get through the most stressful time of a college student's life. May these 7 things (and the force) be with us all:

5-Hour Energy: Put down the Four Loko, and pick up a 10-pack of 5 Hour Energy. No, I'm not condoning abusing energy drinks, but I am saying that this stuff works like a dream for those all-nighters or early mornings when you just need something to keep you going. I know that the commercials may seem pretty lame, but it really works. People who use it on the reg report no crash effect and little to no jittery feeling after.

Wake Up
: Let's be real, sometimes textbooks are boring. So boring that you fall asleep while reading the first chapter out of the nine you need to review. That's when your favorite British butler comes into play. Just log on to and give your number and the time you want to be woken up. Like an hour or two from now if you know this reading assignment is going to be a challenge.

A Bar of Dark Chocolate: Not that you need any more reasons to chow down on chocolate, but studies have actually shown that eating a bar of dark chocolate a day reduces stress. And, girrrrl, you know you be stressin' right now. I highly recommend Trader Joe's 100 calorie dark chocolate bars or dark chocolate dipped pretzels, but any variety will do. And if you combine an hour workout with it, you'll be flying stress free for the rest of the semester.

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