It's Finally Finals Week
By Abby Martin
Finals week is nearly upon us and people are anxious about starting these tests again, especially since the 2023, 2024, and 2025 classes are taking such a daunting series of exams for the first time.
For context, finals week has been canceled the last two years due to the pandemic with virtual learning making it impossible to administer fair exams. However, with the all-in model being in place for almost a whole school year, it makes sense that the return to normalcy includes the end of the year testing.
In order to prioritize studying and not overload students with testing, finals take place on half days with buses running on a half day schedule. Luckily for students, after they take their two exams in the morning, they are all set to head home, brush up on studying, and relax before their next big test the following day.
Even though the final days are shorter, the stress is even greater than usual with students anxious to increase their averages and boost their GPA. However, with a few study tips, maybe finals week will go a little more smoothly for you!
1. Stick to your normal sleep schedule on finals night
While it may be tempting to go to bed hours earlier to be prepared or hours later to get in a few extra minutes of cramming, try to create a sense of normalcy. When you stick to a schedule, it can ease your mind of the stress of the week and may help you fall asleep faster.
2. Make time for things you enjoy.
As much as studying needs to be a priority, stress relief is also a major factor in success. Make time to relax!
3. Make your studying time count!
Interactive learning, like making flashcards, doing worksheets, and making study guides are much more productive than staring at your notes. Make yourself recall information and you will understand concepts much faster!
4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
It is so much better to go to review sessions, ask questions in class, and go to your friends for help than to be stressed trying to figure things out for yourself. Many teachers offer study sessions after school where you can get your questions answered.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get an A. If you have worked hard all year, that will be reflected on your transcript. Just do your best, show what you know, and don’t worry about making mistakes.