First semester finals survival guide

Uh oh! Finals are coming. This dreaded week is every high schooler’s nightmare. Before you know it, you are sitting with a test in front of you, completely blanking on everything you binge studied the night before. Don’t worry, finals aren’t always as scary as they may seem. Follow these helpful tips to succeed in your finals with a breeze. 

  1. Start studying early. I know it’s easier said than done, but setting aside even 10 minutes each night will help you so much more than cramming the night before.
  2. Make notecards or a quizlet. Notecards are the perfect tool for memorization. If a lot of writing isn’t your thing, download the Quizlet app on your phone and make digital notecards. It’s that easy!
  3. Find what works for you. Whether it’s a study group after school, making memorization songs, or rewriting everything over and over again, find what works best for you and go with it!
  4. Make time. I know it can be difficult with busy schedules to find time to study. Make your mom quiz you while you’re doing your chores or recite what you know to your dog as you put away your clean clothes.
  5. Handle the stress. If the stress is getting to you, take 30 minutes to yourself to relax. Always remember that your mental health is important.
  6. Take advantage of your teachers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with something you don’t understand before it’s too late. Most teachers also have helpful tools on their websites and you can review the semester.
  7. Review old tests and study guides. Things covered on tests throughout the semester are typically on final exams, just sayin.’
  8. Know where to put your focus first. Consider your split quarter grades and how much you need to know to decide where to begin and focus most on. For example, you’ll want to spend more time studying for an A/B split class rather than a B/B.
  9. Get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast. Finals week can be extremely stressful. You’ll do better with a good night’s sleep and a full stomach.
  10. Do your best. In the long run, all that matters is if you did the best you could and you graduate.


By Sarah Hudspeth

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