Wow, this semester has breezed by and now we only have a month left until the start of finals week! This week can be pretty stressful if you’re not well prepared. Here are just a few tips that can help you be at least somewhat well prepared for finals week.
- Check the exact dates you’re finals are taking place. Then, write them down in a planner or calendar and devise a study plan. Do you have more than one final on one day? Do your finals happen one right after the other? Come up with a study plan that will give you enough time to study what you need to study for each class.
- Try not to pull an all nighter. For some reason, this happens a lot during finals week. You don’t want to be tired when you actually take your final, so I cannot stress enough how important it is to have an effective study plan.
- This might be contradicting to what I said in number 2, but for those of you who really need to have those late study sessions because you study better at night, the libraries usually have extended hours. To my knowledge, in addition to Hayden Library’s 24 hours, the Noble Library is also open 24 hours during finals week.
- Eat. Rest. Breath. These three things are essential! You don’t want to be taking your final on an empty stomach as well as being exhausted. Take a breath, you can do this! If you’ve made it to college, you can pass a final.
- Set an alarm, or two, or even three. From personal experience, I woke up thirty minutes after the start of one of my finals Freshman year because I forgot to plug in my phone over night and that was my only alarm. Thankfully, the final was online and I had a good amount of time left to take it. However, I was tired and groggy since I didn’t get the chance to wake up and have a nice breakfast to actually help me “wake up.”
College is stressful, and during finals week, the stress level is so high that it gets everyone anxious. If you take the time to be well prepared, you can significantly reduce the stress you have. Start now, not later, because, Willy Wonka is watching you.