A guide to finals for freshmen

Audrey Donaldson, Reporter

Finals week tends to be dreaded by many, but if people have the right skills and ways to prepare; finals week can be a breeze. Due to the virtual schedule, finals will be more difficult from past years, and will be especially difficult for freshmen who have never taken a high school final.

The first tip many BCHS students use to prepare for finals is trying different ways to study. If you are used to reading study guides, mix it up and make flashcards on Quizlet. Another way of studying is with your friends to make studying fun and effective. Sophomore Gabby Johns said, “I like to study for finals with a small group of friends, so that I can have fun while preparing for finals.” Try to take breaks in between studying, so that your brain can process all the information and so that you don’t overwork yourself.

The second tip for taking finals is to get a good night’s sleep and eat clean the morning before. Eating a breakfast full of protein has been proven to help the brain stay active and work hard throughout the tests. Getting a good night’s sleep the night before will also help your mind be clear and work hard through finals. 

The third tip for finals is to familiarize yourself with the test format. This year especially, this tip is important because all finals will be online. Online tests can be more difficult for math or science tests, so try asking your teacher ahead of time about the layout of your final. Looking over how the test will be set up, even for a few minutes, will make a big impact on your test scores.

Lastly, don’t overthink it. Overthinking the test questions will more likely mess you up and stress you out. Johns says, “One of my biggest mistakes when taking tests and finals is getting nervous and then overthinking the questions which leads me to getting the questions wrong. So this year I’m gonna try and not overthink it. I will try my best, and that’s all that matters.”

Finals can be stressful for any student, but everyone needs to remain calm and try to do their best for the best results. Johns said, “Finals can be tough, but if you study as much as you can and just try your best; that’s all that really matters.”