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How to Study for Finals

Tips and tricks to get ready
Ryland Deegan
Students studying hard in the cafeteria and showing some school spirit with there santa hats
The Media Center where lots of good books to study with for students to succeed (Ryland Deegan)

Many students especially freshmen may need help figuring out what to do to prepare for the upcoming finals. It can be a scary time with long tiring exams waiting for you before you can cruise on to Winter Break. However, as long as you prepare and study well the final exams will be a piece of cake.

Freshman Sage Jordan says, “Take breaks every once in a while and don’t study all night.” Taking breaks is a great suggestion for studying and can help in many ways. 

There is a method of studying called the Pomodoro technique where you select a single task to focus on. Then you set a timer for 25-30 minutes and work continuously on that task until the timer is done. After that, take a break for five minutes where you get to relax. 

Repeat steps two and three for four rounds and then take a longer break for twenty to thirty minutes. After that, you can continue doing the same thing you were doing or switch topics or quit for the moment and do it at another time. 

Sophomore Rosemarie Creamer had something similar to say that adds to the Pomodoro technique. Creamer says, “ Focus on one thing at a time and try not to overwhelm yourself.” This is great advice as well.

 If you try to do too many things at once you’ll end up distracted and will likely quit what you’re doing easier. Focusing on just one thing helps you accomplish that one thing quicker and easier and then you can move on to something else. Another great idea is to make a to-do list.

For just having missing assignments you can look at all your classes pick the one you have the worst grade in and put the assignments for that class as the number one priority. Then go in order of grades or of necessity throughout all your classes until you have completed all the work you need to. 

You can do this for studying as well. For whatever class you need the most help in you can put that class as number one so that you can spend the most time working on it and then do the rest in order.

Making a calendar for studying or work is also a great idea. If you find yourself falling behind in classes you could make a list of assignments to do each day of the week. You can also do this for whatever class you want to study every day. This can be a great way to not overwhelm yourself but still have an organized way to finish work and study in a nice and precise way. 

Junior Kayleigh Caudill says, “In the pursuit of academic triumph, navigating finals requires a strategic symphony of focus and preparation. Unearth the optimal study techniques, harmonize your schedule, and compose success through disciplined dedication.”

Having discipline and preparation is one the most vital parts of studying. There are plenty of preparation techniques some talked about earlier. However, discipline and focus are also great parts of studying. Having discipline and focus can help you accomplish your studying more efficiently. 

Junior Laynei Lamp says, “The best way to study for finals is to get good sleep and listen to music while you study.” Taking care of yourself before finals and while studying or completing missing assignments is one of the most important parts of being successful in all your academic assignments.

So make sure to take care of yourself. Get good sleep. Eat enough food. Take the time to relax and prepare yourself so you can go into your tests with a well-rested mind and body prepared to tackle any challenges that come your way. By doing that you will breeze right through finals.

Listening to music is also a great way to get through assignments and studying. Playing some music in the background or having background noise of some sort can help you get through things quicker. Any music works but if you get distracted easily some nice calming mellow music works best.

So finals can be scary and going into them you may get worried that you will fail. However, as long as you study well and maybe follow some of the tips on here you’ll do great.


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Ryland Deegan
Ryland Deegan, Staff writer
Hi, I'm Ryland Deegan. I'm a sophomore and a new member of The Spartan newspaper staff. In my free time I like reading, writing, and watching horror movies.

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