Finals Already?

Rachel Shanholtzer, staff writer

With Thanksgiving break over and Christmas break only days away, it’s apparent that this school year has flown by. It feels as though only a couple of weeks ago school started. Like many students who love this time of year, finals provide unnecessary stress. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By taking these few tips below, finals will be far from a stressful confrontation.

1. Complete Study Guides: Any time a teacher provides a study guide for a test, it is wise to fill it out. For the final exam, this is ultimately the most important factor that will help you tackle the test without trouble. Usually, the main ideas and questions seen on the study guide might be similar to questions on the real test. Plus, if you have questions concerning the study guide, your teacher can help you review for the test.

2. Use time efficiently: When your teacher tells you the study guide is due in a week, don’t wait till the night before. Working on portions at a time each night can help improve your memorization of material.

3. Study: Either reviewing with a friend, quitetly by yourself, etc, studying will effect how you do on the real exam. If you don’t take the initiative to devote time to study each night, chances are, you will have a hard time answering the questions confidently.

Don’t make final exams any more stressful than they need to be. If these tips are taken into consideration before the test, you will feel more confident when you finish. Then as you walk out of the building, you can start Christmas break on a positive note.