Coping with the stress of finals

Ahmad Blue

As the semester draws to close, finals are approaching and for some this can be a very stressful part of college. Well, don’t panic. Stop and come up with a game plan.

Finals are this week. There are many of us who have multiple tests to take. Just keep calm and remember studying, time management, and confidence are key.

Studying is the most important because without it, you are likely to fail. Focus on what you need to do and find an environment that would help you.

When you study, it is also important to study somewhere quiet and without anything that may distract you. City College’s library is a good place to brush up on your classes.

Another helpful tip is to study with a classmate or study group. Getting help from people in your class can be invaluable and might be that extra thing to help you get the passing grade.

Time management is another big one. If you’re a student with other responsibilities outside of college, then time is something that you may not always have. Try to take at least 30 minutes from your normal schedule to study. It may not seem like much now but time adds up and you have the perfect opportunity to learn even more important facts about the subjects of your finals.

When you finally have the time to study, don’t cram. Cramming all the knowledge in such a short time with a big class will not help you and in some cases all of what you read may get mixed around, resulting in an even lower test score.

However, when studying remember to takes breaks. You and your brain will need all the rest you can get, especially when dealing with something as stressful as finals.

Last but not least, confidence is key. Its been five months since classes began and now it’s time to see what you’ve learned. Before taking your final, eat a meal and relax. Don’t panic to the point where your thoughts are racing or you could end up forgetting everything you’ve studied up to this point. Try to make your meal as early as possible before the class so you can probably look over some more things you may have had trouble with.

It’s almost time for class, you’re confident, you’ve been studying and now you’re ready for your finals. Take the full advantage of everything you know and best of luck!