Finals week studying on the quad_05062019

Even though it may not feel like it, the end of the semester is here. With that comes studying for exams, writing papers and finishing projects. Here are some tips to help focus during an online finals week.

Ready or not, here come finals. As another semester closes, and a very unique summer break opens, students far and wide in quarantine are going to be pulling their own hair out over the stress induced by finals week.

This finals week is odd, to say the least, so here are some tips and tricks to take on COVID-19 finals with ease.

Double check when the final is

Many professors are allotting more time for finals. This can mean a variety of things, like giving students more time to take the test or the entire finals week to choose when to do it. Take this advantage and pick a time that works for you.

Check the guidelines set by professors

Some finals are not only being switched from cumulative to a normal exam, but some professors are also allowing exams to be open note. Students should make sure to check on these guidelines to ensure they succeed as much as possible.

Find a good environment

Well, students for sure cannot take these exams in a classroom, so where should they? Make sure to find a testing environment catered to the student, and clearly with Wi-Fi. If it is nice during the time of the final maybe consider going outside to add a sense of serenity.

Do not be scared to ask for help

Confusion during this time is bound to happen, so do not stay silent. Make sure to ask questions, or for help, to fully understand how the circumstances of the world have changed to allow for success as the semester ends.

Try not to stress

Yes, this is easier said than done, but seriously take a deep breath. Remember that a test does not define the student, and when in doubt students can always take advantage of the new pass/fail option from the university.

Stay focused 

It is very easy to get distracted in todays new normal. Try adapting and making the most of it. Make a designated area for school work where family and friends cannot bother students. Also, maybe put the phone on do not disturb.

Remember school is still a thing

Yes, it may not seem this way, but school is still in session. Although not being physically at school can add to a facade of summer starting early, this is not the case. Get things done as quickly as possible, during all of this new free time, and summer will rear its beautiful head even earlier. Staying motivated, and turning off Netflix is key.

HAILEY BIALAS is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at hgbiala@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @haileybialas 


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