A Simple 5-Step Guide to Survive Finals

Can you believe it is almost the end of Fall Quarter already? Wow! This is another quarter with remote learning, and we know 2020 has been a very challenging year for many people, college students included of course.

As we are getting closer to the holidays and start planning the last month of the year, many of us are also thinking about finals week, and how in the world we are going to go through the stress of this last week of the quarter.

The thoughts of getting good grades, doing the math to see how many points we need to get a 4.0, finishing up the endless study guides, and even deciding whether we have time to see friends can be very overwhelming.  

We created a guide of 5 simple study tips that will help you overcome the stress and anxiety, and hopefully help get you safely through finals week. Here they are! 

1. Beware of due dates 

Knowing when your finals will take place will prepare you to study with enough time in advance. At the beginning of the quarter, it may seem like final exams are far away, but keeping track of how much time you have to study, and this will help you organize your schedule and study in time. 

2. Really Use Office Hours 

This is an important step. Talking to your instructors and having a one-on-one interaction with them (especially during a socially distanced world), will help you understand the class better. Professors are always willing to help you succeed in the class, so don’t hesitate to ask questions! 

3. Take breaks

It is important to let our mind rest. Since we are currently doing most of our work on a screen, your body needs breaks to perform at its best. When you take breaks, you let your body reset and return to work recharged to studying again. Even a 15-min break will make a difference.  

4. Use apps to create flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to review topics and study for finals. There are multiple apps that allow you to create flashcards and play around with them. Try with Quizlet, create your own, and test yourself. Doing this in times where you would normally waste time on social media can help a lot! 

5. Sleep

To perform well in any type of activity, it is important to stay well-rested and sleep well. Your mind and body need it, so make sure you are getting enough sleep to be able to absorb all the information you need for final exams.  

Easy, right? 

The most important part here is to congratulate yourself for all the hard work you’ve done so far. Taking the time to appreciate what you have done throughout the quarter will help you begin Winter 2021 with a great and positive attitude. 

Remember that Shoreline has many alternatives to support you in your studies. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re struggling in school. Being in college in a pandemic is not easy but you made it through another quarter, great job! 

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