Schooled: Finals!


Photo by Daisy Draper

So much to do!

By Daisy Draper, staff writer

We are entering the last four weeks of our 2014 high school year. I don’t know about you, but I am freaking out!

I have an English final, a World History final, and an Algebra 2 final. On top of that I have a presentation in English this week, a world history essay, and CQ day for journalism is this Friday (CQ day is the day when all of our articles need to be approved). I am also taking the SAT’s a second time this Saturday, May 3. And the list goes on!

I know I am not the only one stressed about school work and life in general,  and I thought it would be a good idea to give some studying tips for the last remaining weeks of school.

The first thing someone should do is get organized. Use that handy tool the school provides us every year called a planner. Write down all of your tests and the dates on which they occur.

You should also write down the little things you will be doing, like making flashcards or study guides for the tests.

An article in the Huffington Post entitled Study Tips For Exams: 12 Ways To Ace Your Finals gives good advice to follow, including tip number five which is to form a study group. They say it will help motivate a person to study. It also gives people an idea of what they know and what they don’t know about a subject.

This article also gives the wonderful advice to not cram. Plan in advance when you will study and for what subject. A student should only study for 20-50 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks in between, according to the Huffington Post.

In those study breaks, do something to relax your mind. Have a snack, go onto social media, take a ten minute nap, etc. Just know that when the ten minutes are up, you must get back to studying.

It is also important to have some brain food while you study. According to 10 Foods to Boost Your Brainpower, on BBC Good Food, blueberries are said to help prevent short-term memory loss. See other brainpower foods in the article here

I hope these few tips can help you get through the next few weeks.


  • get organized
  • make study aids
  • form a study group
  • don’t cram
  • eat brain food

We are nearing the finish line, let’s end strong!