Studying 101: Finals Season


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Sarah Armstrong staying hydrated while taking notes on what she did in math class so she does not forget.

The school year is coming to an end, but it is still important to keep your study game sharp for finals. These exams creep up on students each year and can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, KHS students who have already experienced finals are willing to give their top tips for studying.

The last thing many students want to do is study during their free time. However, it’s important to not cram a week’s worth of studying in one night. Sophomore Rachel Delaney gives insight on this popular issue. “Do not cram all studying the night before because you will regret it later. You have to have a good night sleep and confidence the night before that you know the material and such.”

Junior Alexa Giacoio agrees that students should not procrastinate on studying, especially in the very stressful finals week. “Have a schedule for each night for each test and study little by little so you are not stressed out at the end.”

Organization is another key factor for finals week because there is a lot to study in every class. Sophomore Taylor Wittig had a successful studying technique last year and plans to do the same this year. “Last year for finals, I typed all my notes in Google Docs and made folders for each subject and everything I had to study. I highlighted and made notes on what I had questions on so I could ask my teachers the next day. It was very organized, helpful, and worth spending time putting everything in order.”


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Kristina Cooper and Autumn Fortunato reviewing notes together and helping each other.


Though studying may not seem like a difficult task, it is easy to get distracted when studying, especially when a phone is present in the room. That is why Sophomore Sarah Armstrong thinks that “it is very helpful to keep your phone in another room or just out of sight so that you can focus on the homework or studying you have to do.”

Finally, studying for long periods of time can lead to headaches and then prevent your brain from absorbing and understanding the information to its fullest potential. Brain breaks are vital to help students comprehend and have a deep understanding of what they have just gone over. Sophomore Kristina Cooper suggests, “Try to take little breaks in between studying. It will make you feel refreshed when studying so you are not tired and forgetful.”