Finals are overwhelming and sometimes it’s hard to keep everything organized. This list of practical tips can help you pass your finals with flying colors.


If you’re anything like me, finals are a time of intense procrastination and denial, followed by cramming and nervous test taking.

Well, this year my early New Year’s Resolution is to make studying and preparing for finals my No. 1 priority.

This is why I have compiled a list of some of your fellow Spartans’ favorite finals preparations.

1. Keep in touch with your professor. Whether it’s an online or in-person class, your professor will let you know their finals plan. Ask for a general overview of what will be on the final and what is most important for you to study.

2. Start studying now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not in between your finals while you’re scarfing down a granola bar. Now. Study with your friends, classmates and roommates. You all have the same goal: success.

3. Find a quiet study place. This will determine the course of your study time. Go to the library or the upstairs of the SRC and turn your phone off or on airplane mode. That candy may not be able to crush itself, but neither will that final big test.

4. Be prepared. Don’t forget a Scantron. You can buy them in the bookstore in packs or sometimes your teacher might sell them for a quarter or so. Make sure your pencil has lead and a new eraser. Preparation is key. Don’t be that student who walks into a final exam looking around the room begging for a Scantron.

5. Make lists. If you know some of your finals might take more time, make them a high priority. It helps me stay organized and feel accomplished if I have a list to mark things off of.

6. Last but not least, this website has tons of practical and advantageous steps to ensuring your finals are a success.

You have the ability to succeed with the right amount of preparation.

Keep your head up, you’re almost there.

By Chelsie Bartley

Chelsie Bartley is the Creative Editor and a staff journalist for MBU Timeline. She majors in journalism. Chelsie is a student worker for the Office of Alumni Relations and is a Community Leader on campus. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in a non-profit doing events, marketing and design work. Apart from writing, she enjoys eating new foods, exploring St. Louis and being outdoors.