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Rev up your review session While sleep is definitely the best thing you can do to keep yourself attentive for prolonged periods, college students don’t always have the luxury of getting the suggested eight hours. So, we’ve assessed these beverages in case you need that extra midnight boost. By Jordan Schraeder & Aaron West

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Coffee: This source of caffeine offers the most variety. Whether it’s hot or cold, coffee is both tasty and budgetfriendly (as long as you don’t go for the Trenta!) Plain coffee not going to cut it? Shots of espresso add around 50 mg of caffeine. Try one at Starbucks in the Texas Union or the Student Activity Center. Caffeine content: 95-200 mg

Green Tea: This good-foryou drink boasts more than just caffeine. Green tea, which can be brewed at home or purchased in convenience stores around campus, is a healthy, natural alternative to sugary energy drinks. Bonus: the caffeine in green tea stimulates your metabolism!

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Soft drinks: The most accessible of the caffeinated beverages, soft drinks can be purchased from any vending machine on campus. Studying late? Reach for a Mountain Dew or Mello Yello, which have the most caffeine of the bunch. Caffeine content: less than 50 mg

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Angelica Garza, Devin Burton, Jesse Rogers, Bethany Guarrero and Emily Owen study together in the Student Activity Center on Monday.

Studying in a group provides the opportunity for everyone to compile their notes and ideas and better learn the material through teaching or learning from other group members. It is more difficult to accidently spend an hour on social media sites when you are being counted on to participate in a group review. Group studying also provides people the opportunity to ask clarification questions, eliminating the necessity of sending annoying class-wide emails at 2 a.m. If everyone comes into a study group with a clear mission and commitment to remain focused, it’s the best way to learn within a social, occasionally entertaining context. — Amy Thornton

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Here we are, at the end of the semester, inundated with projects, presentations and finals. Now is the moment where you (hopefully) begin to strategize when and how you will study for the last tests of the semester. While group studying can provide benefits such as fresh perspectives and insight to the topic of study, additional lecture notes you may have missed and some much-needed laughter during a stressful crunch time, studying alone is a better study habit that yields better test results. Here’s why: • Students tend to get distracted easily when working in groups. You will talk. No matter how hard you try, you will end up having an offtopic conversation about an interesting Facebook post, the professor you don’t like or that cute barista. Group studying is intrinsically prone to such distractions. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can make a decision to study independently. • You can study in the way that works best for you, which seems fairly obvious but is something worth considering. Studying alone allows you to do whatever works best for you, without having to accommodate others.

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Human biology freshman Jonathan Priego studies alone in the Life Science Library on Monday.

• Studying in a group generally takes more time. When you finally sit down to go over things, there are always discrepancies and differing viewpoints on certain answers. It’s much easier to discuss any doubts with a friend later. Of course, studying alone isn’t for everyone. Some people get distracted surfing the Web or watching TV when they’re on their own. Studying alone takes a certain level of discipline but is completely worth the focus. Just compare the fourth and fifth floors of the PCL and see for yourself which appears to show more productive studying. — Destinee Hodge and Sarah Pfeffer

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Limit caffeine. An excess amount of caffeine has the potential to raise stress hormones, when you are trying to keep those at bay.

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Focus on one thing at a time. Avoid distractions (checking voice mail, email, the Web, etc.) during designated study time.

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