Surviving Finals Week

Mollie Janousek, staff writer & photographer

It’s finals week. The end of first semester is in a few days. The rush to make schedule changes is on. Your teachers shove thick review packets in your hands in each class as you try to prepare and remember the information you learned all the way back in September. You start to panic. You dab the beads of sweat that form on your brow. Now what do you do?

Here are some simple tips to cut down stress and struggles during finals week.

  • Prioritize

Remember that finals week is separated into three days: Finals in periods 1 and 4 are on day one, periods 2 and 5 on day two, and periods 3 and 6 on day three. Just relax and study for the finals you have first because they are the ones that come first and matter more at that point in time. Don’t waste a whole day trying to study for all of your classes, when only you’re only getting tested in two periods the next day.

  • Study

Putting off your study sessions is only going to hurt you in the long run. Cram studying is also not the best option, either. Try studying in a quiet place without any distractions and go over only the information you know you need to review. Don’t do more than you need to.

  • Relax

You’re not going to do well on any of your finals if you stress about every single one. All the final is is a demonstration of your knowledge of the content you’ve learned over the past few months. It’s crucial to your body’s health to take a break once in a while and let your brain unwind.

  • Breathe

Your body needs to release the tension that builds up because of stress. Take some deep breaths if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Think about it this way: after these tests, you get a three day weekend and then you get to start over a new semester on Monday. Everything will be fine.

  • Trust Yourself

You’ve already learned all the content that’s going to be on each test. You’ve been in the class for the past few months. You know what you’re doing. Don’t let stress get in the way of your capabilities. You can do it.

Overall, finals week isn’t as daunting as it may seem. It’s just some tests to prove your academic strengths from the past few months. Let yourself demonstrate what you know and go ace those finals!