Tips for Tuesday: Finals Week

This post is for all my fellow college students. Finals are upon us, and I could not be more stressed/freaked out. It seems that with all my classes, my finals could either make or break me. It's honestly just a great feeling to have; knowing that one test will determine your final grade…NOT!

I have never been the best at taking tests; I get test anxiety, I procrastinate, and end up getting sidetracked. 

Here are some tips that help me better prepare for finals. Some are silly, but they seem to help!

1. Make a list of everything that you need to do
  • I like to take a few sheets of paper, colorful pens/markers, sit down with my planner and start writing everything out. (You can do this on your computer, too, but I work best writing things down)
  • An example could look like:
    • Tuesday, April 28, 2015:
      • Events for the day:
        • 11:00 am- LIBA 102
        • 1:00 pm- Art History 351 
        • 9:00 pm- Meet w/ Liba group to work on project
      • Work to complete:
        • Write 2 pages of research paper (due Tues 5/5) 
        • Study for Journalism 101 final (tomorrow @ 12)
        • Work on Journalism 375 final project (due Mon 5/4)
        • Work on Criminal Justice take-home final (due Sat 5/2 @ 5 pm)
2. Make sure your living area/workspace is clean
  • I am not a neat freak, but I work best when I know that my room is clean.
    • If it wasn't clean, I would probably choose to clean it rather than to study!
    • It also makes it easier to concentrate when you don't have clutter everywhere
3. You don't have to go to the Library to be productive 
  • I go to the library every once in a while, but I do most of my work from my apartment. 
  • Living off campus makes it more difficult to go to the library, so it's easier to sit at my kitchen table or desk and work.
  • There are also a ton of people in the library during finals week. It could be hard to find a place to study, difficult to work with all of the distractions, and if you go with your friends, it's likely you won't get everything done that you need to.
  • I like to find a quiet place in my apartment to study; I play soft music (sometimes), and always light candles. It's very relaxing. 
4. Take Breaks
  • Take a Netflix break (my favorite) or a break to go and get food with friends. 
  • Chances are, if you study for hours and hours without a break, you aren't retaining much information. Your brain and body need breaks in order to function properly.
  • Breaks are fun and relaxing!! You need that during finals week. 
5. Go to bed early (all-nighters do not work)
  • It's best to take your finals with a clear and open mind
  • If you stayed up all night, you probably will not be clear minded
  • You will feel accomplished at first because you stayed up all night "working hard", but in the end, it probably did more harm than good

Good luck everyone on your finals!!!! I hope these tips helped! Writing this post was me *procrastinating*, but oh well! I'll start following my tips now. 



  1. For some reason I could never focus In my apartment. I had to go to the library or a coffee shop to get any work done. I agree that study breaks and a healthy amount of sleep are crucial for success!

  2. I have a post on organizing too! Thanks for sharing your ways to study for finals :)

  3. I have to admit - I DO NOT miss finals. I miss college, but finals week was the death of me. What is sleep? These are great tips!

  4. Hahah! The Ryan Gosling meme was the cherry on top.

  5. I focused best in my apartment as well!
    The library was far too distracting for me.
    Great tips!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. These are great tips! I also can't study unless my room is clean! Otherwise I will just clean because thats better than studying!

    Anchors and Pearls

  7. This is such a great post! Best of luck on your finals :) I struggled with test anxiety for a really long time, and I finally went to see a counselor after graduation. I highly recommend it!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  8. This list is great! I always make sure I take breaks in order not to send my brain in to overload!

  9. I might have to say that my favorite part is the photo at the end... hahaha! I love this! Thanks for sharing these tips. I'll definitely bookmark this to remember for the upcoming week and a half!

    Lauren ashley

  10. I love this post! My next week is hell and basically every hour of my day is planned out!

  11. I also am not the best test taker- finals are never any fun!! As I read this post I'm on a study break for a take home exam haha! Good luck to you- you got this!

    xoxo A

  12. I am truly thankful to not have to deal with finals anymore, but this is a FABULOUS list. Love that you included "work in a clean space," since my main procrastination crime was finding things to clean/organize in stead of studying.

    Diary of a Debutante

  13. hope your exams went well


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