Finals Week Strategies


By Isaac Murphy

Everyone always feels bittersweet about the last week of school because we know it’s only a moment until we get to go home. Also because we now have to take a final for each one of our classes. I feel like finals create stress for students because it’s another big assignment before you go home that could affect your grade exponentially. Over the years I’ve found plenty of strategies that might help relieve stress around these times.

The most important thing to do is attack the problem at hand. If there’s something you don’t understand ask the teacher. Nine times out of ten the teacher is always willing to help you or point you in the right direction. McPherson College also has tutors that can be assigned to students that need assistance. When studying for finals you should always review your notes to make sure the material is fresh on your mind.

You should also take a look at the study guide for the test to have an idea of what’s going to be on it. If studying isn’t your thing you can always find ways to make it fun like for instance starting a study group or making little songs to remember the material. Studying doesn’t have to be a pain; you can also take breaks to relax and take your mind off of things for a little bit. When you take a step away from things and come back to them sometimes you may grasp a better understanding.

Studying can take a while that is why it is important to get a head start so you aren’t trying to cram things in the night before or a day before. When you have important things like finals, it’s vital that you get some sleep so your brain can function properly. Also having a nice breakfast before your final is good because everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I guess I would say being prepared is the best way to be stress-free when finals roll around, that way when you take the test you can pass.