For most high schools, it was the norm to have eight classes. In some cases, that likely meant eight finals. Here at SNC, the average student has four. Decreasing the number of tests and/or essays the individual has to complete in the span of a week does not decrease the stress an individual feels though. So, here are five tips on how to make your finals experience less stressful.
1. I hate to say it, but you are going to study.
Finals require that you actually review the material you are going to be tested on if you are not allowed to use your notes. While some people have the innate ability to “fake it until they make it,” that is not always the case, and no person should solely rely on chance. If the grade you want depends on this test, you need to put in the work to achieve it.
2. Plan out your studying based on which finals come first.
f you have one test each day Monday-Thursday, consider focusing your studying on a first-come-first-serve basis. With that being said, also be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. How you are doing in a class or how easily the material comes to you can also be factors in how you should study for exams. Thus, unless you feel confident for your earlier exams, try initially focusing on the material you will first be tested on. That way the information you need is fresh in your mind and you only have to focus on one set of information at a time.
3. Relax when you have to.
Finals is a stressful time, and I don’t know anyone who would disagree or be unable to empathize with that statement. If you have four tests to prepare for it may be overwhelming at times. If you ever find yourself feeling beyond stressed, it’s okay to step away from studying. You’ll have a hard time learning anything if you are not in the right mental space, and, as important as school is, your mental health and wellbeing also require attention.
4. Know that if there’s ever a time to focus on your studies, now is that time.
Yes, college is supposed to be the time of your life. Yes, you need to take care of yourself. Yes, this is the time to make social connections and hang out with friends. However, it’s important to know that finals week is different from the average week here at SNC. For a lot of people, finals are the “make it or break it” point of the semester, and if you are determined to “make it,” then it might be best to put your social life on the back burner for a week or two. Do that, and you will thank yourself in the future.
5. Remember that this is only one week of the entire semester; do not let it control you.
While this is a very intense week, it is only one week. And, as all other weeks before it, this week will end. So, take a breath, face each day one at a time, and remember that no matter how bad it seems, it will soon be over. Then once you finish the semester with your head high, know that you have over a month to relax before returning and starting the whole process over again.