Preparing for Finals


Kaitlin Kaupas, Special Reports Editor

Whether you’re in high school or college, finals can be very stressful. All students can think about is summer being here but it’s important to keep your focus.

The problem with many students is they wait until the last minute to open up the books when they should be preparing weeks ahead of time. Some ways to help you prepare for finals include:

Start Early

As mentioned, the problem with a lot of students is they wait till the last minute and sometimes don’t even start until the night before the exam. Doing this won’t allow you to remember everything because you wouldn’t have had enough time to go through it all. If you start studying at a reasonable time you will lodge the information in your head and it will help you be more confident on the test day.

Create a study schedule

Creating a study schedule can be extremely helpful because you can keep track of what you’ve already done and what you have left to do. It will help you become more organized and it will be less overwhelming.

Take breaks

Everyone needs time to relax and recharge. You won’t be able to jam all the information into your brain at once and if you try to you will just become more stressed out. Maybe after you study one subject before going onto the next one take a break.

Meet with your teachers

Meeting with your teacher can be very beneficial because they can give you tips on ways to prepare and can help you with what you should study. Also you can ask them questions you might have and they can go over something you might not understand very well.

Rank your exams

Some exams will be more difficult than others and some may be easier to study for than others. For example, if you’ve been doing really well in history all year and understand the information well but in math you haven’t been doing so well and don’t get all of it focus on that more. Rank which exams need the most to least study time.

Follow these steps and you’ll find yourself more prepared for your finals.