Finals week tips: Advice from the experts


Illustration: Bolun Li/Iowa State Daily

Finals Week is a time of stress and anxiety. It is all too easy to fall prey to the details and questions engulfing your own fate.

Meryl Onnen

While the semester is coming to a close, many freshmen are looking toward or maybe dreading the Finals Week coming up.

For these freshmen it would be helpful to have some tips to better prepare them and know a little better what they should be expecting during final weeks.

Allison Severson, a program adviser for the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, says the most important things are to “get enough rest and eat regularly and make sure to schedule your time during dead week well so you know where to be and when.”

She also adds, “It is helpful to figure out as much as you can about your finals, such as whether it is multiple choice, open-answer, essay and whether it is comprehensive from the entire semester of material.”

Alex Tingley, junior in physics, says he wished he would have known that “they post the finals schedule a month in advance, which is kind of nice in preparing.”

He also said, “If you can take online quizzes or look back over past assignments and realize what you did wrong, that helps, too.”

As a sophomore in graphic design, Kaitlin Ungs talked about time management.

“Manage your time well,” Ungs said. “You’ll have a lot of free time Finals Week, and you need to use it productively. Don’t slack off. Also though, don’t freak out. Even though your final is important, if you’ve been trying hard during the semester, it will pay off. 

“And don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help on anything that is still confusing you, or you need help with.”

Rachel Van Roekel, freshman in pre-business, will be taking her finals for the first time this semester.

“I’m feeling good about it right now,” Van Roekel said. “I think my classes have prepared me well for them so far; I just need to stay focused, and I will definitely be blocking social networking sites during the next weeks so I can study.”