By Leonardo E.
Get a planner out, and write things down.
Finals can get hectic since you’ll be taking tests from every class in just one week. It's really important to stay organized so you don't forget the dates of when you have the test or the specific time it occurs. If you don't have a planner, use the Reminders app on your phone to keep you on track so you can try your best for finals.
I know that this is common knowledge, but it is very crucial for you to study because that will determine how well you’re going to perform on your test. I know it's hard getting up from your bed and getting off social media, but you have 2 weeks off and you can do whatever you like after your finals. A tip for getting up from your bed is to count to three, and once you get to three, you get up and sit at your desk, then study for your exams. Maybe pop in your headphones and listen to some music so you can focus on your studies.
To see how you are performing in your classes, log into Infinite Campus to look at your grades. It might be hard to look at your grades for some of you, including me. However, this just gives you more motivation to try your best and study. Identifying where you have the worst grade in a subject can help you identify where you need to focus in terms of studying.
Breathe in, breathe out.
This is the easiest part of how to deal with stress when finals are coming up. Some people enjoy working out because it triggers endorphins which relieve stress hormones. In fact, many people like to hang out with friends because you laugh with them, which creates a calming effect that can null the stressful thoughts. What also makes you laugh is social media because you might find videos that are funny. So, have at it! It's stressful times and you need to release all that stress you have built up over finals.
Enjoy your break :)
This is the most important step because if you don't enjoy your break, what's the point in having one? Do something fun and productive, or don't do anything at all. Eat some good food and get chubby over those two weeks like I'm going to do. This break is to help you get your mental health back in check from all those homework assignments and tests that you had to endure. Just make sure to be safe, and have fun!