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STOP stressing over those finals; use campus resources for HELP
Ashley Leever
Antelope Staff

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures drop below freezing, Christmas lights light up the whole town, and relatives you haven’t seen in years invade your homes. But for college students, the beginning of December has a much different meaning: finals.

After Thanksgiving and Black Friday pass, the whirlwind of impending finals week often hits college students hard. “I’m nervous for finals just because I really don’t know what to expect and what are the best ways to prepare,” said Tess Hughes, a freshman pre-nursing major from Broadwater.

Keri Pearson, Academic Success’s tutoring and assessment coordinator, suggests that there are a variety of ways to help students prepare for finals, “There are resources on campus like tutors that are available during dead week.  Students can register for Writing Center appointments online. They will be available Dec. 12-15.  Students should utilize their classmates and study sessions as well. Study with your classmates. Verbalizing the material can really help the studying process, she said.”

Many students have already faced finals week, but for freshmen it’s a new and stressful experience. And some students may have unattainable expectations for their final exams. “There are so many tests in a short period of time, it can be very overwhelming for freshmen. At this point, it’s difficult for students to have an impact on a grade. Keep things in perspective; even though it’s a final, your grade is not going to change much,” Pearson said.

With anticipations running high for the holidays and break, it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season and put off studying for finals. “Finals are now, Christmas is after. Everyone has different schedules, but be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t accomplish,” said Pearson, “Keep your priorities in perspective.”

For students who have faced finals week many times before, one of the best strategies to prepare is to start early. “I try to start before dead week just so I am on top of things. I have had to cram right before a test before, and it’s not a way to prepare for a final,” said Leicy Franklin, a junior radiography major from Bridgeport.

Eating right, getting plenty of sleep and exercising are a few of the best things you can do when entering finals week.

“Just try to keep as normal a schedule as possible in order to avoid stress,” Pearson said. 

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