How to Push Through Finals This June

Kelsey Lauckner, Staff Writer

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Although June is arriving shortly and summer is on everyone’s minds, one of the hardest points of the year has yet to come- finals. Having to study for almost 6 to 7 finals and take them all within in a week is very stressful for students everywhere. An entire years worth of lessons for multiple classes are put onto students’ shoulders to study, and it can be very nerve wracking. These tips can be taken into consideration to help you not only persevere through your finals, but get good grades as well!

Before even looking at any information you need to know, finding a good place to study is crucial. Sometimes your own house can be too loud and distracting in order to focus. Getting out of the house can help you feel motivated and give you the intention that you have a task to accomplish. When searching for a study spot, places like the library, Starbucks, and bookstores are good options that will help you focus. It is important to not let any electronics distract you, otherwise you won’t get anything done. According to, “Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams”, “Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way,” (Alston). Getting out of the house and staying focused will benefit your study progression and ultimately, your exam scores.

For the best possible results, it is also important to remember not to cram information. Studying in intervals, beginning weeks ahead of time, will help with time management and make the process of studying a lot less stressful. It splits up your material in a way that makes it seem more manageable and less time consuming. As stated by the article “Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams”, “Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming,” (Alston). Along with this, to get a point of view of someone who has been taking finals for a long time, Kaitlyn Lauckner gave some insight. She just completed her freshman year in college at Drew University, and said that she recommends “preparing your study materials in advance so that when it comes time to study, you can get right to it.” Overall, time management and remembering to give yourself breaks in between is extremely important as you make your way through finals.

Lastly, observing what you eat around finals time can make an impact on how you perform on your exams. A significant portion of preparation is remembering to eat a good breakfast before your tests, and to watch what you eat the rest of the day as well. When choosing a breakfast, “Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best,” (Alston). It is important to remember to eat foods that will energize you and make you feel good as you prepare to take your finals. Skipping breakfast will make you hungry and tired, which will definitely distract you when you need to focus. Similarly, eating junk food won’t make you feel refreshed and ready for a day of test-taking.

Ultimately, focusing on your tasks and keeping time management are the keys to succeeding on finals this June. No matter how much you don’t want to study, it is important to remember to push through and work hard to get the results that you want!