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How to: Stay Positive Under Stress

Life can be stressful. We deal with that stress through sports, video games, shopping, being active, but sometimes the stress can be too much to keep in and we take it out on our friends, family, or even strangers. This week, I will go over tips to staying positive when dealing with a lot of stress.


1. Get Organized

– Making a list of things you have to get done will help, you won’t forget to do something if you have it all written down in one place. Going off of that, organizing your room and binders will help you feel more put-together and ready to get more done.

2. Talk to Friends

– Talking about what stressed you out will help release some of the feelings that make you feel angry or upset about small things. It’s okay be be stressed, but talking about it and learning how to deal with it is a huge step towards being more positive.

3. Take Time for Yourself

– Take some time to paint your nails or do a facemask and relax! You’ll be more productive and positive when you take some time to yourself. As for you guys, same goes to you! Try a facemask, watch some of your favorite TV shows, and take some time just for you.

4. Focus on only what you have control over.

– If you can’t change something, why worry about it? Bad grades can be fixed, it does more damage to yourself to stress about things you no longer have control over. Instead, study for that next quiz or test and practice so you’re better prepared next time.

5. One thing at a time

– Don’t try to get 10 things done at once, focus on one task at a time, take breaks, and do them in order of most stressful to least. For example, if you have a test, a quiz, and two homework assignments all due tomorrow, study for the test, then the quiz, then do both homework assignment. Make sure you aren’t multi-tasking, and if needed, go back and study a little more after everything else is done.

How to cram for finals

By Maddy Schick

DISCLAIMER: This is not a reason to wait till the last minute, this is just tips in case you found yourself in this situation.

  1. Don’t study in your room.
    • Your home can be distracting, try an office or the library for a quieter environment.
  2. Caffeine
    • Although not good for you, if you’re stuck cramming it should help you stay awake enough to get everything done
  3. 50-10 Rule
    •  Study/Work hard for 50 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. This will help keep you focused and in working mode.
  4. Take a friend with you.
    • Preferably from the same class, they’ll be able to help answer questions and get more covered in a shorter time.
  5. Study out of order.
    • Don’t go in order of unit, your brain will remember more if you study different things in different orders

Cram studying isn’t a safe way to prepare for finals, but the tips above should help you with getting everything covered and in a good time. Next time, start studying a week before the test day for best results.

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.