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Students give tips to prepare for final exams

Students are ending the fall semester by studying and preparing for their final exams this upcoming week. Unless they’re procrastinating

Andrew Wecht, a sophomore biochemistry major, said he has four finals, but the one he’s most worried about is his logic exam.

“If I had to choose an exam that’s taking up the most space in my head right now, it would definitely be logic,” Wecht said. “Some of the contexts can be incredibly difficult to comprehend and if you’re not putting in a lot of time and effort, it’s going to look like a different language to you.” 

Wecht said he’s using his textbook to study, but also online resources to help him “understand the information more clearly.”

“I commute, so I usually study at home in my room,” he said. “It helps me focus more and it’s just easier that way.”

Roohan Patel, a sophomore biology major, said he’s preparing to take seven exams. Patel said he makes sure to take mental breaks during his study sessions. 

“I usually start watching NBA games just to get my mind off things and it takes me away from burning out,” he said. “Whenever I get tired of watching the game, I hop right back into studying.”

Patel said, out of all his finals, he’s most stressed about his genetics exam. 

“We had to learn three new chapters in combination with everything we’ve learned this semester,” he said. “In total, it's about 12 to 15 chapters.” 

To prepare for his exams, Patel said his new favorite study spot is the University Center.

“Before the University Center was made, I would go to the library and put myself in a cubicle,” Patel said. “But now I prefer to just study at the University Center.”

Patel said the best advice to students he can share is to take breaks during study sessions. 

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“This is the time where students get burned out easily and they can’t focus for too long,” Patel said. “So, I would highly recommend students to take those breaks in between studying.”

Kaylyn Alejo, a freshman political science major, said she has five finals during exam week. 

“I’m worried about my internal relations final because the lectures are intense and long,” Alejo said. “I did well in the midterm, but it consisted of really specific parts that didn’t match that well with my studying.”

Alejo said she completes her essays that are due first, and then she dedicates different days for different classes to finish her school work. 

“I don’t really take breaks, there's no time for it,” she said. “I think next semester I’ll try to include that into my studying habits.”

To prepare for her exams, Alejo said she also likes to study in the library.

“I just like to go to the study rooms, but another one of my favorite spots is in the basement of Boland,” she said. “There are classrooms down there, and if it’s empty, I’ll go in there.”

Alejo said students shouldn’t procrastinate when preparing for final exams.  

“Don’t procrastinate even though I know you want to,” she said. “Take it from me, don't do it; it's just too stressful.”

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