Here they are, sooner than we could have imagined: Finals. First-years are panicking because they don’t know what’s hit them and the rest of us are panicking because we do know. But whether you’re a first-year or a senior, everyone could use a few tips on how to make this experience a little less dreadful.
1. Make a game plan. A way to ease your way into the insane amount of studying that you know you have to do is to make a game plan. Make a study schedule of what subjects you will study first and last. Think about what is most important and what doesn’t need as much time. “If you can, start early. That way you don’t feel so cramped,” sophomore Mary Rowley said.
2. Find your space. Are all your friends camped out on the third floor of the library, but you can’t stand the silence? That’s ok. If you realize that you work much better tucked away in your room or in that random coffee shop downtown, then study there. It’s your getaway and your finals, no one else’s. “You need to have a comfy chair and a big table,” first-year Kyle Kostell said. In addition to comfort, a good location can also be important. “Find a place with a good view,” sophomore Fernando Jimenez said.
3. Get a study buddy. For people that can stay focused while studying, a study buddy is a great way to prepare for exams. If your friend is studying for the same exam, study with them and bring up discussion points. When you talk about material, you often understand it better. “Having friends at tables in the library is nice,” sophomore Jake Saccoccio said.
4. Give yourself some incentive. Sometimes we need a little motivation to get us through hard times. After you finish a chapter or a chunk of materials, treat yourself. Eat a cookie, invite a friend to a quick lunch, or watch that episode of your favorite show that you missed last night. “Even if you just give yourself one hour for Netflix, that can be enough,” sophomore Michaela Perry said.