Finally It’s Finals Week!!
Here in the Poway School District, it’s finals week for the schools that are on a trimester schedule. Finals can be hard and stressful, but thankfully, I figured out the perfect way to study and prepare without overloading your brain and being successful at the same time.
1. Make a schedule
So the first thing you want to do is make a schedule. If you make a schedule then you can plan out your studying so that you don’t miss anything during your review. You should also know when your finals are. If it’s a week until the finals, don’t wait to study. Start studying now! Don’t procrastinate.
Think about all the things you can do once you finish finals and get a good grade. If you procrastinate, you won’t become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics in one night. That’s a unrealistic goal. You might end up like this though:
In creating a good schedule, you will naturally want to spend most of your time reviewing the stuff you already know. What about the stuff you don’t know? That is the material that will probably take over most of the final, so why not study that? If it isn’t the majority of the test, then there is still a chance that it will show up on the test and you need to be able to answer those questions. Make sure that you plan so that you can review everything that was taught and so that you feel comfortable with all the material.
2. Eat Healthy
On the day of the final make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast. Eat foods that are safe for you stomach so that you don’t have to worry about how hungry you are or how much you need to go to the bathroom. You need to be able to focus on your test and not the whale sounds that your stomach likes to make when it’s looking for a toilet.
Eat foods that will give you energy. These foods include carbohydrates like breads and biscuits. Also try to eat foods that will lower stress and keep you calm. This is important for concentration. Some of these good foods are avocados and bananas. Bananas have potassium which calm all nerves so you can focus and relax while taking your test. One last food that is good to eat while you are studying is chocolate. Chocolate helps improve memory so you can remember all the math formulas for your math final.
3. Some Websites That Helped Me Study
- Quizlet : https://quizlet.com/
- IXL Math: https://www.ixl.com/math/
- Doulingo (language) : https://www.duolingo.com/
- Desmos (graphing calculator) : https://www.desmos.com/calculator
- Aceable (driving) : https://www.aceable.com/
4. Get Some Sleep
To be able to do well, you need sleep and rest. You could be completely healthy in your body, but if your brain isn’t awake, then you won’t do well. You won’t be able process any of the questions quick enough to answer all of them in the time given for the exam. Eight or nine hours of sleep is recommended so that the brain can focus and do well. Setting yourself up for success is the best way to be successful.
Just know that your grade is dependent upon how well you prepare yourself. My teacher told me before taking my final that asking how many questions are on the test, if there any extra credit, or asking if your teacher will curve the test, will not help you when you are taking the test. The only thing that will truly get you a good grade on the exam is how well you prepare yourself to be comfortable with the material and how well you prepare yourself to be able to tackle each problem.
So good luck!! Or as we say in color guard, Good Skills! (It’s your skill that will help you succeed, not luck.) I know you will do so well, and when your done you will walk out of there confident and happy that it’s finally all over.