Finals are upon us, and that spells out one thing: S-T-R-E-S-S. Some semesters, it just seems like your professors teamed up to see how quickly they could give you gray hair. Never fear! Even though finals week is looming and seems like it’s going to take you out, you can conquer it.
HERE ARE SIX TIPS TO HELP YOU SLAY FINALS WEEK:
1. MAKE A FINISH LINE LIST
Personally, when finals and projects attempt to drown me, it helps me to be able to see the big picture. Because of this, I make a ‘Project Finish Line’ list toward the end of each semester. List out every single test, project, quiz, paper, and final you have left, and put order them by date. Being able to look at a single page and see what needs to be worked on first is so helpful.
2. STRATEGIZE THE WEEK BEFORE
Don’t go into finals week without being prepared! Think through your week several days before it begins. Grab your phone and plug your test times into your calendar. Think through the amount of coffee you’re going to need, and stock up on snacks you know you’re going to want. Make a packing list, and try to pack up for the summer as much as possible before finals begin. Do everything you can to make finals week as painless as possible.
Wanting to study for a test that’s three days away when you have a paper due tomorrow? Refer back to that Project Finish Line list, and work on what’s due first before you move onto other things. That way, you will finish things in a timely manner, and you won’t be stressed out trying to accomplish things last minute.
4. WORK AHEAD
This should be obvious, but work ahead. Not all of my classes have final tests; some of them have projects or papers due. By getting all papers, projects, and other odd academic assignments out of the way before finals week, you won’t be stressing and trying to finish those when you really should be prepping for tests.
DO NOT SACRIFICE YOUR SLEEP IN ORDER TO STUDY SOME MORE. IT ISN’T WORTH IT. If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t be at your peak for test taking and finishing out the semester strong. If you know you’re going to have to stay up late one night (like if your school does midnight breakfast during finals like mine does), plan for a nap the next day so that you’re not sleep deprived. Focus on getting enough sleep every night; caring for your body is more important than a grade!
6. BLOCK OFF TOO MUCH STUDY TIME
Don’t block off the minimum amount of time you think you’ll need to prepare for a final. Block off too much time, at least half an hour to an hour more than you think you’ll need. That way, if you really do need it, you’ll have the time set aside. If not, you can get the heck out of the library and go hang out with friends.
Now, go slay those finals! The team here at HYPELINE wishes you luck!