9 study tips for finals

By Natalie Braga, Piper Gallivan, Alivia Arredondo

As any high schooler will know, finals week can be a very stressful time and can feel very overwhelming. You may find yourself distracted, or lost, on how to use your time most effectively, but luckily we have 9 studying tips to help you succeed!

Work With Others
Taking on many assignments and materials all by yourself can be very hard, but luckily there’s a class full of people who are going through the exact same thing. Two, three, or even more brains are better than one, and by getting together with friends and classmates you can share opinions and ideas.

It’s also a great way to pick up any small details about a topic that you may not have remembered from class, but someone else did. Setting up study groups outside of school helps with reviewing, and this way, if you have any questions, you’ll be able to get quick and helpful answers. Remember when studying with friends though, to stay focused, motivated, and positive.

Divide Up Work
Studying for 7 classes all at once the night before your finals is never a good idea, which is why it is important to divide up your work. By planning out when and what to study for the days or weeks leading up to finals, it is easier to make sure you have covered everything, while also making it less stressful the night before.

For example, you can plan to study Math for a half hour on Monday night, and Science for 45 minutes on Tuesday. Dividing and planning your work gives you enough time to study while also keeping your mind focused and organized.

Take Breaks
Taking breaks is important to not overwhelm your mind, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated. Working for too long can decrease the quality of your work if your brain is simply too exhausted.

Try taking a walk away from your studying space or doing a different task like making a snack for yourself. By taking a break from your work, you may come back with a whole new fresh mindset that can make learning much easier.

Flash Cards
A great way to study is using flash cards. For me, using flashcards is a great way to memorize things quickly. The best way to do this is to rewrite what you have in your notes, but in a shorter more summarized way, that way you can fit the key points on your flash card.

A key thing to do while using flash cards is to actually write them – not type them and print them – but actually write them. Studies have been done, and it is proven that actually writing things out helps to remember things better.

Finally, flash cards are easy and portable and can be shared with other friends to quiz each other.

Reward System
Often times, people use a type of reward system to help study. These rewards can vary from little candy treats, to 10 minutes on your phone, to an episode of tv, basically anything.

The way this helps is that once you memorize a certain portion of your notes, or finish a paragraph of your paper, or whatever you are doing to study, you get something in return. This helps to motivate you to finish faster so you can receive your next reward.

Often times, this works best with treats such as candy because it is quick and easy to return to studying afterwards.

Crying
A great way to just get rid of all the stress is to cry and let it all out. Finals are hard and holding in all the stress and emotions that come with them just makes it harder to focus on your work, and just all around makes things worse. Crying helps relieve stress and makes you feel better after to continue studying.

Exercise
If crying isn’t your thing another great way to relieve stress is through exercise. Exercise is a great way to let out frustration and clear your mind. It also helps with that restless and overwhelming feeling that comes with finals.

Exercising is also a great way to forget about everything going on and all you have to do and just makes you feel more relaxed.

Also, exercise helps with feeling accomplished and after a good workout it’s easier to feel more determined to get all of your studying done.

Finally, exercise helps to feel more energized and awake that way it is easier to focus on what you have to study for.

Study Space
Your work area is key for having a clear mind to focus on your studies. Whether that means clearing out your desk, going in a separate room for studying, going away to the library, or a coffee shop, having an organized space will go a long way.

Quizlet
As people in the 21st century, we are very blessed with the app and website called Quizlet. It is versatile, with ways to make your own study sets or search and find people that have already made them.

Teachers can also create classes where you can join and see all the things you will need to study for an upcoming test. You can put in as many cards you want and can study in many different ways.

You can opt to study in the classic way, which is just an electronic version of regular flash cards. You can learn in the “learn” section which is like a practice quiz with things like fill in the blank and true or false questions.

You can choose to do a simple practice with the “write” section where you just write the corresponding answer to each card.

A great way to really test your progress is with the test. It is formatted like a regular test with different ways to test your knowledge (it has been said that some teachers at Highland have just printed this out and used it as their real test so pay attention).

Lastly, a fan favorite is the match game. It is a throwback to the game we all used to play as kids but now filled with facts and statistics instead of pictures of animals. The time is very motivating as you can see a leaderboard with your other classmates.

We highly suggest using quizlet for your upcoming finals!!

Good luck on your next finals!!!

Tokyo Sushi

Tokyo Sushi is an all you can eat restaurant that won’t break your bank. This sushi place has been talked about amongst many of our friends so we wanted to see if it was really worth it.

Tokyo Sushi hasn’t been around for very long, but they’ve already made such good business with their fair price, and good quality food. The restaurant itself is very dim lighted, almost calming and intimate. The interior design is far from traditional; it has a very modern, sleek look to it, having a very dark color scheme including: black, grey, and brown. The place is very spacious, I would say, with a majority of the seats being booths. It’s the perfect place for a date night with your significant other, or even a night out with your friends.

Now, since this is an all you can eat place, you can always order as much as you want, making sure to eat your money’s worth. They have many choices including, nigiri, sashimi, rice bowls, tempura, and much, much more.

Tokyo Sushi is a great place for people who have not tried sushi and want to try it. The restaurant has so many choices that are appealing to first timers, such as the spicy salmon hand roll, which is almost like a taco and very savory.

It’s best to have a side dish such as a rice bowl as well, so you can have something to eat on the side that is not raw or fishy, in case you don’t like the sushi you have previously eaten.

Eating sushi at first is a little surprising and intimidating if you aren’t used to the flavors, and especially if you haven’t had raw fish before. Because of this, it is best to stick to the simple rolls. The recommended sushi to try depends on if you have had fish before, and if you like it. If you have had fish before, then trying some salmon, or another fish that isn’t too extreme with taste, will help you adjust. Who knows, you may end up liking sushi.

If you haven’t had fish or don’t really like it, then it’s recommended that you try something very simple such as shrimp, or try the handrolls since the handrolls don’t just come with raw fish, but have many other foods in them as well. But, when you go to try new sushi, or to try it for the first time, it’s best to go with people who know about sushi, or just be a daredevil and do it with people who haven’t, and see how it goes.

Some of the things we ordered were eel fried rice, seafood udon, beef don, squid teriyaki, and eel nigiri. I have eaten sushi before and it is one of my favorite foods, so I already knew what to order. Our friend who tried it out for the first time had a few difficulties, like figuring out what to order and asking what certain foods were. When our food came, she was afraid to try them out.

I think first timers should try out small pieces first and go on from there. As someone who loves seafood, I can eat just about anything with fish, but those who aren’t used to the taste of fish should try out easy and non exotic food first. It was fun seeing my friend’s reactions to the food, and hearing her thoughts on how they tasted. If you haven’t tried sushi before, you should totally give it a try.