How to survive finals week

How to survive finals week

By Kylie Bafus 

Starbucks cups with two extra shots of espresso, dark under eye circles, and sounds of quiet sobbing mark the beginning of the week where semester grades go to die. Before students get to fully embrace the most wonderful time of the year, they must survive the most dreaded week of first semester – finals week.

This year, finals will take place on Wednesday the 17th, Thursday the 18th, and Friday the 19th. On Wednesday, students will take their Social Studies and Science finals. On Thursday, students take World Language and Theology finals. On Friday, students take Math and English.

Surviving finals week may seem to be as possible as getting 100% on your Honors Physics exam, but following these tips will make the task a little less impossible.

  1. Prepare Early

As painful as it may be, preparing early is a sure fire way to earn a high grade on final exams. Starting to study a week or scantrontwo before the test makes the night before the exam that much less stressful.

  1. Create a Study Plan

Make a schedule for studying. Decide what days you want to study for which final and for how long.

  1. Organize Study Materials

Get a binder to organize, separate, and contain all the study materials you need to ace those tests. There is nothing worse than loosing the fourteen-page study guide you completed for your math final in the paper tornado that hit your room.

  1. Hide Your Phone

Out of sight, out of mind. If you can’t see your phone, you won’t be tempted to take that 5 minute twitter break that turns into an hour of stalking people and reading 3 months deep of tweets on @UberFacts.

  1. Make a Study Group

Getting together with friends and slaving away over 5 months worth of information makes the process of re-memorizing a little easier.

  1. Quizlet

Quizlet helps to lesson the load of memorizing hundreds of vocab terms. It allows you to study flashcards, create tests, and play games that make the process of studying a little easier.

  1. Study Breaks

If it gets down to the last day before the test, it may seem tempting to lock yourself away in your room and study for hours. Research shows that the most effective way to study is in hour blocks of time. Combine a 50 minute study period with a 10 minute break.

  1. Move Around

Studying for long periods of time can be tiring and boring. When taking a break, try to walk around, even if it is just to the pantry and back. If getting food isn’t encouraging enough, studies show that staying seated for more than three hours at a time regularly can shorten your lifetime by up to 2 years.

  1. Stay Energized

Try to resist those red bulls or monster energy drinks sitting in your fridge and settle for something that will not cause a caffeine crash. Apples provide quick energy that can help with the task of staying awake. Chewing gum can help too; it provides a steady task and stimulates the brain.

10.  Don’t Stress

Although they may seem like it, finals are not the end of the world. You will do better on your test if you stay calm and think positively.