Finals are right around the corner (tomorrow actually), and I really needed to study for Chemistry and Spanish (I don't know what I'm doing help). Just kidding, I know exactly what I'm doing. As the Supreme Senpai of the Anime Society, it's my duty to know what's going on, and be prepared for whatever comes our way. So anyway, finals are coming up. tomorrow we begin to test our skills, to see if we actually learning anything and remembered it. A lot of people seem really stressed and confused about finals, so I thought I would give all of you wonderful followers some words of wisdom to help you out as you prepare for all those dreadful tests. Also, P.S., make sure to share this with your friends! I know it might seem like somewhat basic advice, but I feel like there's going to be at least a few people who benefit from this.
- Don't cram late at night, if you don't know it by now chances are late night study sessions won't help you now. Better to get a good nights sleep and be well rested. Plus, late night studying might leave you more confused than you initially were.
- Just bring a small folder or packet of the few things you're really unsure of for that class. Don't bring 20 papers, maybe just 1-2 pages of things you can look at right before the test so it's fresh in your mind.
- Try to relax and chill. The more stressed you are during the test, the harder it's going to be. The adrenaline is going to kick in, and it definitely won't help when you're trying to solve for x in math. You'll be squirming in your seat, fidgeting, and you're gonna go down my friend. So do something to help you relax. Watch a movie the night before, or some anime. Listen to music you like on your way to school that won't hype you up.
- When you come across a question that you aren't sure about or just plain don't understand, move on and work on other questions. Chances are (don't tell anyone I told you) you'll actually find another problem later on in the test that will help clarify what you don't know. So it's better to do everything you do know, and come back to the other stuff. Helpful tip, sometimes looking at other stuff on the test will remind you of other things from that lesson.
- Eat. Drink. And by drink I do mean kid-friendly stuff. Personally I don't eat breakfast in the morning. I have cats, a dog, a pony, and a ton of other things that I need to take care of in the morning, including a sleepy mom who needs to GET IN THE CAR CAUSE WE GOTTA GO RIGHT NOW. You get my point, my mornings are hectic, and I usually only give myself an hour to finish it all before I leave for the day. So I don't eat breakfast, there's not enough time. But for finals week, make sure you get food. The night before, make yourself a sandwich and throw some trail mix and pretzels in a bag. Or the morning off just stuff 5 pieces of bread in your mouth. Of course it's good to try to get yourself some healthy stuff, but if you don't have time, anything is better than nothing. If you don't have breakfast and lunch, especially during finals, you'll be kicking yourself because you're too hungry and wiped out to even function properly.
- When teachers do give you a break, don't just sit there and sigh in defeat. Get up, walk around, even if it's just around a few desks or your table. You're going to be sitting there for a while staring at a piece of paper or computer screen, so stretching your spine will work wonders, plus moving around gives you a new perspective, and you might even see some helpful posters that your teacher forgot to take down.
- Use a pencil if you're writing, not a pen. Some teachers mark you down if you have lots of scribbles and crossed out stuff, so don't lose a point because of something you could've easily avoided. As a matter of fact, bring a couple pencils. You never know what might happen. A friend needs one, yours broke, ran out of eraser or lead or whatever, the sharpener doesn't work. Bring at least 4-5, or more if you want to be extra safe. I always bring like 20 different writing tools, 2 highlighters, an eraser, my own sharpener, a compass (the math kind), and a straightedge. It's better to be over prepared than under prepared.
- This seems like common sense to me, but I guess for others it's blasphemy. But really guys, don't cheat. Besides the fact it's wrong, the consequences are honestly worse than you honestly trying and not doing great. If you get caught your test is void. You'll get a 0 instead of a 50. You're teacher will never trust you again, so you'll never get to partner with your friends, and you won't ever be able to work a deal with your teacher if you're struggling and need to raise your grade. And most likely, you won't even have the right material. It's highly unlikely you'll even have to right material to cheat, since teachers change up test material. So it'll probably be useless to even do it. Don't cheat, it's unsavory and I believe that you can do much better.
- If you get a bad test score, don't worry, it's not the end of the world. The majority of teachers, if you totally bombed the test (which I have done once before in a class where tests made up 50% of the grade), then it's not going to change your score that much. Also, if you've been doing bad on tests before and your finals test score isn't much different, it really won't change your grade that much. And even if it does shift your grade, relax. You can probably talk to your teacher about raising your grade, extra credit, other stuff. And there's always next semester. Know what you don't know, and study it. Plus, throughout the year, pay attention to what you're learning in class. Let this final be a lesson so you can do well on the next one.
I wish you all good luck, and if you need help, advice, or any company, feel free to send Anime Society an email, a comment, and we're available to help!