Surviving Pre-Comps/ Finals

By Adithy Hassan

“Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

As pre-comps dawn upon us and stress levels dominate (even with my “Ultimate De- Stressing Guide” tips), it’s time to share my favorite outfits, snacks, and test-taking tips as we reach this time of year again.

1. Outfits: There’s only one thing you need to keep in mind while you pick out your outfits for pre-comp week: Dress for comfort. Personally, I would opt for sweatpants and a tight-fitted graphic tee or yoga pants with a cute sweater and a pair of your favorite Ugg boots.

2. Hair: Getting your hair out of your face is the way to go since it’s one less thing to worry about on test day. A messy bun or ponytail is the easy and fast way out.

3. Snacks: Since it’s only a half-day and we don’t have our usual full lunch period, we need a quick pick-me-up to keep us doing our best and energized throughout the testing day. I would recommend a few berries with plenty antioxidants to help keep a clear and open mind. A quick fix of almonds can do the trick as well.

4. Test Taking Tips:

  • Flashcards/ Quizlet: When there’s no one around willing to quiz you, you can always rely on flashcards to help you! Write a question or vocabulary word on one side and the answer or definition on the other. It’s also a great studying tool to take a quick glance at during the break. If you’re not a big fan of writing all of those definitions out, Quizlet is a great online resource that includes pre-made flashcards and tests that you can print out for easy access made by other students.

  • Believe in yourself: This is your ticket to the halfway point. You have studied this material for the past half-year, if not most of your life. You are completely capable of getting the grade you deserve. Take a few deep breaths and don’t sweat because you got this.

  • Get a good night’s sleep: Most of us will probably end up staying up all night cramming since we’ve been procrastinating all week, but getting a good night’s sleep is imperative to your success as it helps you keep on task while you try to focus on your tests.

  • Eat well: Getting a nutritious breakfast is essential of the morning of pre-comps or any day for that matter. A hearty, protein-filled meal is just what you need. The options are endless, but if you need some ideas check out my “3 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas!” article for inspiration.

  • Be Prepared: I would highly suggest packing a small backpack the day before each test and make sure you have all of the essentials such as a few snacks, a water bottle, studying material for before the test, a few pencils, an eraser, 2 calculators (I would highly suggest bringing one, even if you aren’t instructed to just in case), and any other materials you were instructed to bring by your teachers.

  • Double Check: If you have extra time remaining after you’ve gone through your test, make sure to rework your problems and scan through your answer sheet or scantron to ensure you’ve tried your best on every question. When you find yourself wanting to change your answer, only change it if you misread the question. Your first instinct is always the best one.

Good luck to everyone who is going to be taking the pre-comps or have finals coming up! You’re going to come out shining. I believe in you. Till next to next week, (because I have pre-comps too) XOXO Adithy.

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