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STEP BY STEP: How to Prepare for College Finals in 3 Weeks

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This may come as a shock, but stress DOES NOT have to take over your life during finals week. No matter how many exams you have, you can still do well without wanting to rip your hair out. Stress is a huge part of the college experience, and it's something we all have to deal with in life but we don't, however, have to let it get the best of us. To help avoid mental breakdowns and nights with 3 hours of sleep right before each test, here are 5 steps that you can take to help prepare for finals in 3 weeks.

STEP 1: DEVELOP YOUR PLAN OF ACTION

Week 1 - By now you should have all of your finals on your calendar or agenda. If not, take the time to look back at the syllabus and see what assignments you have to complete over the next few weeks, and add those suckers in too! Check out  buzzfeed.com for calendar and study note inspiration. 

STEP 2: MAKE THE TIME

Week 1 - Once your calendar or agenda is as complete as it can be, schedule time to dedicate to both studying and completing assignments. When you are studying, be strategic so that you can maximize your study time. Once you have the basics covered, study what you know will 100% be on the exam. Make sure to plan adequate time for those more difficult classes.

STEP 3: REINFORCEMENT IS KEY

Week 2 - You might think you know the material now, but it never hurts to quiz yourself. Even better have a friend who also needs to study, quiz you. You can get creative with flashcards or even play games to help you further understand the material.

STEP 4: TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE

Week 2 - You should have already started to dedicated your time to studying. During your study sessions give yourself breaks. The brain needs to take a rest, so listen to our Spotify playlist or watch Stranger Things when you have a moment. And if you haven’t started studying, lucky for you there are two more weeks.

STEP 5: KEEP THE GOOD HABITS

Week 3 - When it comes down to finals week, be sure to avoid doing things you don’t usually do. Try to get 8 hours of sleep, eat healthily, and maintain your exercise routine. Also when you're studying, choose a place where you know you can concentrate. And of course, avoid staying up too late, and drinking an excessive amount of coffee because this could cause you to crash. 

Try your best to remain calm over the next few weeks. Your mindset will set the tone for everything. Positivity is key! Be real with yourself and do what works best for you. At the end of the day, if you somehow prepared for your finals, you tried. Don’t beat yourself up because this is all a learning process. Good luck!

Elon Graves is a Teen Reporter with dreams of making an impact. The high school senior, who is also an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, served as the Editor of her school newspaper and in the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. Elon enjoys writing about the injustices of society, influences in music, and how culture shapes people. Most importantly, her love of the arts defines who she is. She not only loves to express herself through words, but as dancer she articulates herself through movement. In 2017, she plans to attend college with a major/minor in either Journalism or Dance. Her ultimate dream is to live in New York where she can delve further into her passions.