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.
- 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
- 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.
- Make a study group.
- Even a group chat for help with review packets is better than nothing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stay well-rested.
- Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the difference between 6 and 8 hours of sleep is crazy.
- Create a study schedule.
- And actually follow it.
- 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.
- Reorganize notes.
- Highlight what you forgot OR what could be important.
- Color-code EVERYTHING.
- You remember things better when you read over it multiple times.