Finals Survival Guide
By Regina Sanchez
With dead week and finals just around the corner, many Novato High students have hit a low point in their motivation to get through the hardest week yet.
These two weeks are prime time for students to cram everything they’ve learned throughout the school year into their heads. However, during this time students are filled with so much unnecessary stress, so this survival guide should get you through this challenging time.
The top five things you need to do in order to survive your finals:
Make sure you’re eating properly during finals. Not only is it beneficial to be getting all of your nutrients during this stressful week, but you also don’t want your stomach growling throughout all your exams.
A pro-tip for stocking up during finals is to buy in bulk. Not only is it cheaper to buy in bulk, but you’ll have some snacks to share with your friends too (or you can eat it all of it by yourself, if that’s what you’re into).
Some recommended study snacks include Goldfish, ice cream, fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, and popcorn.
Dead week and finals week are the two designated weeks when every student at Novato High will look and feel like a zombie. Most of us will be getting limited hours of sleep due to the amount of procrastination.
Pulling an all-nighter to study will not help you get an A on any of your finals. Instead of trying cram a whole year's worth of information into your brain, put on some comfy pajamas, wrap yourself in a ton of blankets, and hit the hay. Your brain will be so thankful for at least 8-10 hours of rest, as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
3. Stop Procrastinating
Everyone procrastinates, no matter how hard we try not to. It’s one of the hardest things to avoid.
Binge watching anything can be so haunting during this irritating time. Is finishing season 7 of “Pretty Little Liars” worth not finishing a study guide that is counts for half of your final? For some, it is worth it, while for others it is not.
Try to rid yourself of all distractions these last two weeks. It’s time to give up Netflix, Youtube, Instagram, and basically your whole social life! I know that sounds like mission impossible, but it’ll be an amazing feeling when you see that studying paid off.
4. Study Smarter, Not Harder
Studying can be a gruesome task for many students. It’s key that when studying you have three things; the right atmosphere, people, and content.
The atmosphere in which you study will affect the way that you actually study. You can study inside or outside, but make sure that you are somewhere that is quiet in order to avoid distractions.
Good study spots can be the library, a quiet park, or simply enough your bedroom.
For some people, listening to soft concentration music can be extremely helpful. Consider finding a good playlist for your study time.
When looking for your study group, try to steer away from studying with friends. It’s more than likely that there will be a disturbance when studying in a friend group.
Make sure you know what you are going to study. Have a game plan set. It’s important that you focus on studying smarter and not harder. Don’t try to cram your studying for three different topics into one night. Instead, give each topic its own study night.
“I plan on using my spare time to catch up on old assignments and missing work, because having those in the grade book before finals can be very beneficial,” said sophomore Lydia Peugh-Wade.
5. Treat Yourself
The best way to de-stress during finals is to make sure that you are relaxed. So during finals week, feel free to treat yourself. Whether it’s getting some ice cream after school or having a swim day, make sure you’re giving yourself time to recharge. To relieve stress, a good cry in the midst of a study session can be helpful.
Remember, finals are a difficult time for everyone. It’s important to understand that these grades don’t define you, so it’s okay if you don’t get as high of a grade as you expected. After these tests you will be free for the summer and won’t have to worry about school for two months.