Your Honest Opinion: Steady studying lowers finals stressBy Stephanie Carley • May 12, 2011 • Category: Opinions
With the academic year coming to a close, one thing typically looms in students’ minds: finals. Students may celebrate the last week of classes, but the celebration will not last long with exams to study for. The usual class periods are tossed to the side and replaced with two-hour exam increments.
When asked about finals week, students had a common theme in their responses. Stressful. Personally, I like to prepare ahead of time to cut down on stress; however, it doesn’t always work.
Sarah Gillen, senior animal science major, hates finals week. “It is very stressful,” Gollen said. “I feel like teachers try to pile a bunch of work on students right before exams.”
While Gillen likes the exam schedule because she has never had a conflict, Alex Cleva, freshman undecided major, thinks it would be easier if the exams were set up like normal classes.
Everybody on campus has probably experienced the stress of finals, but it may not get easier just because you have experienced it. I suggest not cramming. I know procrastination is easier, but studying in increments and spacing out study sessions have proven to cut back on my personal stress.
I rotate studying for classes, never spending too much time on one section. If I study one topic for too long, I find myself not really paying attention to my work and just staring blankly at the pages.
Try cutting back on the stress of finals this year with good study habits.