Hello! Welcome to Scholastic Monday! We are coming closer and closer to the end of the month which means that one thing is coming around. That thing is finals. Finals happens at the end of every semester that wraps up the classes you’re taking for that year. Finals can take the form of an essay that can be around 5-7 pages or in some cases 7-10 pages. It can be a cumulative test that will have a little something from each chapter since the start of class. It can be a painting, portfolio, essay, and anything from whatever class that will test your knowledge about what you learned at the end of the year.
As a freshman this can become a very daunting thing. It’s different than in high school when there were no finals. You had that long essay to do around senior year, but it was no longer than 4 pages at most. In college it’s a bit different because the classes you have will meet at different times, focus on different things, and one finals can take up your time more than the others.
When I took my first finals I was very lucky. I nearly came in most of my classes late, my pencil had ran out of lead, I didn’t have a Blue Book, and because I came at such a late time I almost couldn’t find a seat. I didn’t get a proper night rest so I was running on caffeine and not much food that day, so it was hard for me to concentrate. The fact that I passed that semester was luck, but it did show me what I had to do.
Finals may be daunting your first time around, but it doesn’t have to be!
Here are some tips that can help during final season.
- Get some sleep
I know getting some sleep as a college student is not the easiest thing to do. There’s always some assignment, some reading, something that has to be done that makes you stay up to make sure that you finish it. After a while it will wear on you, until something happens. You’re so tired, you fall asleep in class or you end up messing something up since you can’t focus on that task at hand. When you have finals the best thing to do is to get some sleep. The assignment will be there tomorrow. You can always studying tomorrow, get further in that project tomorrow, but get some sleep. Even if it’s a little catnap of thirty minutes, it will help. There’s nothing worse than being in a middle of a final and you doze off missing precious time.
Go to sleep when finals time come around. It will pay off in the end.
- Keep track of your times
One of the easiest things to do is forget what time a final meets. After going to the same classroom or lecture hall for these few months when the final is somewhere different it throws off where you have to go. You can get there really early and wait or you could there late. One time I made a mistake and read the time wrong for a final and missed it. Luckily, my professor liked me and let me take it over in her office. If it wasn’t for that I would have missed a final that was worth about 40% of my grade.
Make sure you keep track of your finals time. Put a reminder on your phone, set your alarm, and write it down in a notebook, anything you can do to make sure that you don’t miss the time. Also make sure to try and get there at least ten minutes before it starts. That way you can find a place to sit without having to make a lot of noise or having to step over someone in a lecture hall.
- Make sure you eat something
I know it’s easy to go “I’ll eat something after I finish this” or you want to eat after you take your final try not to do that. When you’re hungry it becomes much harder to try and concentrate. If you’re like me, your stomach will growl right in the middle of a final when the room is silent, then it becomes the only thing on your mind which doesn’t help in the middle of a written final. If you have some time try to eat something. It doesn’t have to be a full course meal, but it should be something that keeps you full for a while. I’ve eaten things on the go and then had a full meal afterwards. Eating something helps you concentrate better during the final too.
- Make sure you have your supplies ready
One of the things that your professors will let you know is the supplies you’ll need for finals. Make sure you have them. It can be very easy to think that you have everything then you check five minutes before finals and you don’t have the very thing your professor told you that you needed. Then you’re running across the campus to try and get this thing, hoping there’s no one in line so you can get out as quickly as possible, then run back to the classroom to take the test. Yes, I had to do this one semester and it wasn’t the best time. However, now I know to have these things a week in advance at least.
Make sure you know what stores sells scantrons, blue books, mechanical pencils, pens, etc., Get them and put them in your bag. It will help a lot when finals come around and you’re getting stressed from all the things you’ll have to do. Not worrying about your supplies will feel great.
I added an extra one today because it’s so easy to forget what you need for what class sometimes. Taking finals for the first time can be very nerve wracking. You could do all this, see that test in front of you, and freeze. Don’t worry though! Take a breath, remind yourself that it’s only a test, and finish it.
It will be over before you know it, then you can relax.
There’s nothing better than that.
Have a good week everyone!
Here are some links for finals survival:
6 Tips for Surviving Finals Week: A nice article that gives you some tips on how to make it through finals week.
8 study tips for Finals Week: This article gives you some tips on how to study during finals week which is something new you have to learn when you start going at first.
Finals Tips and Inspiration: A pininterest board that gives inspiration for those times you might lose it during finals week.
Paul the study ghost says: “Finals isn’t something to be afraid of. You’ll get the hang of them. You got this!”