DIY (Life Hacks) With Maddy

How to totally ace finals week

By Maddy Schick

When it comes to the last week of the semester, things can definitely get stressful. Although there isn’t a real “right way” to do finals, there is a wrong way, so this is how to not do it wrong.


  1. Create a one-pager for each subject.
  • For Classes like Arts, Choir, or Avid, you don’t need a one-pager. For the classes like Mathematics and Sciences, making one page with the whole semester on it becomes really helpful
  1. Ask questions.
  • This is one of the most important things you can do when preparing for finals, there will be a lot of things you don’t remember and it’s better to ask questions ahead of time instead of when cramming.
  1. Make a study group.
  • Even a group chat for help with review packets is better than nothing.
  1. Start early.
  • Cramming doesn’t help as much as you’d think it does. If you haven’t already, now is the time to catch up on missing assignments or to start studying.
  1. Study things that AREN’T on the guide.
  • You’d be surprised what you forgot about, and what teachers didn’t put on the guide.
  1. Stay well-rested.
  • Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the difference between 6 and 8 hours of sleep is crazy.
  1. Create a study schedule.
  • And actually follow it.
  1. Study for the style of the exam.
  • For multiple choice, definitions and concepts are most important.
  • For essays, make sure you have a good understanding of the concept, and have examples ready.
  1. Reorganize notes.
  • Highlight what you forgot OR what could be important.
  1. Color-code EVERYTHING.
  • You remember things better when you read over it multiple times.

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