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Finals Week Stress Relief

Jacob offers some tips to prepare for finals week.

Jacob offers some tips to prepare for finals week.


Carleton’s fast pace can leave students busy and stressed by the end of each term. It’s important to know how to deal with that stress to push through the final week! Here are some tips and tricks to excel during finals.

  • Work ahead – Getting started early on final projects is a great way to relieve the stress before it even starts. Most professors define their classes’ final projects at the beginning of the term, which means that you know what is expected well before the project/test/paper is due. As soon as you get detailed instructions, begin planning your work and a schedule to get it done so that you’re not rushing at the end.
  • Make a schedule – I’ll be the first to admit that the above advice is difficult to follow. We’re always busy and working far ahead is difficult. Then, when you finally settle down to study for finals, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of projects spread across your classes. Instead of stressing, make a schedule for when you’re going to work on each class’s assignments so that you know when you will get each piece done. Following a schedule will allow you to focus on one thing at a time, a very productive strategy.
  • Relax – Don’t just schedule time in the library for working. Define some chunks of time when you can relax, hang out with friends, and not think about your work. Doing so will make the time you are working way more productive. It will also help you focus while you work, knowing that you will have time to relax when you finish.
  • Sleep – This is the most important one. Some people are tempted to work until the early hours of the morning, and then find themselves tired the next day. If you want to be productive during the day, sleep at night! This will help you stay healthy and sane as you move through finals week.

I hope these simple tips help you during the toughest week of the term. Good luck on your finals!


Jacob is a senior physics major interested in climate science and oceanography. Jacob enjoys eating, sleeping, and hanging out with friends — the simple things in life. At Carleton, Jacob works in the physics department and captains the Gods of Plastic, Carleton’s nationally competitive Division III men’s ultimate team. Meet the other bloggers!