How to Make it Through Finals Week
Finals are here and we all know what that means: all-night study sessions, caffeine binges and brain cramps.
This is the worst/best time of the entire school year. It is the worst because of all the study and panicking, but it’s the best because it means that the school year is almost over.
As a senior, I understand how much pressure there is on students who need to pass in order to graduate. This can make your anxiety go through the roof and cause you to shut down. Don’t panic — I’m here for you.
Since no one wants to say it, I will. There is no such thing as dead week. You will receive work and things to study the week before finals. However, the work you receive will be less than what you usually would get.
The week before finals is a great time to start studying for those exams. You have to start early and get all the information in your head before your final. It’s one thing remembering what you study and another to just look at your notes and know a couple of things.
But give your notes one more thorough review the night before your exam, too. Go over everything and make sure you can recall it.
Trust the Guide
A lot of professors will give you a guide or review for the final. USE IT.
A professor (hopefully) won’t put things on the review that won’t be on the test.
If they don’t provide a review, then it’s a good idea to ask them what is going to be covered on the exam. Or, while in class, you can ask the questions on material you are unsure about.
There is nothing wrong with asking questions, especially if you are trying to pass. When you are going over the guide, however, make sure that you are actually answering the questions in depth and critically thinking about the questions. Just answering the questions is not going to help you understand the material overall.
The guide will help you pass, so put some time into it.
Get Some Sleep
A lot of times, we think that if we stay up for two days straight just to study that we can have a chance at acing the final. Although it might have worked for your friend who did it last semester, it’s not a smart decision.
We need sleep. We become irritable, forgetful and, of course, exhausted trying to stay up all night. Instead, try to fit in at least a few power naps. This might be a little dangerous though. Some people (including me) will lie down for a nap and not wake up until the morning.
You just have to be really committed to waking up and continuing to study. It might be hard to wake up but trust me, if you get in a nap it will propel you through your study session.
What works for you is what works for you. Someone else’s tried and true finals week survival strategy may not work for you. It’s best to find something that fits you, your learning style and your preferred studying style.
May the odds be ever in your favor this finals week. I hope you all receive A’s. Good luck!