How to Get Through Finals Week

How to Get Through Finals Week

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By: Annabel Lawrence, Staff Reporter/Sports/Investigative

You can probably imagine it in your mind: the sound of the bell ringing for the final time of the calendar year, the bustle as everyone launches out the doorway, and the feeling of being completely free for two and a half weeks. Because no matter what you celebrate, it’s an incredible feeling to be halfway through the year. 

But there is always that one little wrinkle: finals week. Actually, most would describe it more akin to a big boulder rather than a little wrinkle. It is the one thing that stands between you and that break, clouding the visions of Christmas cookie baking and 12 hour nights of sleep. But as much as we may hate them, they’re required, and we have to figure out a way to get through them. Many pull-all nighters studying, and others simply curl up and try not to think about them. No matter what your strategy is, the Timberline Paw Print wants you to know that we got your back. So as the deadlines draw nearer and stress levels surge, here are a few tips to surviving finals week. 


  1. Use a study timer 

A lot of people may encounter a daunting task and try to get it done as soon as possible. While this is a very rapid route, it is hurried and doesn’t always produce the best results. Of course this may work for some, but for those of you who struggle with getting through hours and hours of work, perhaps the Pomodoro technique is for you. In fact, the Pomodoro technique 

The Pomodoro technique originates from the use of Pomodoro kitchen timers, and involves 25 minutes of work with 5 minutes of rest.

focuses on taking large tasks and breaking them down into smaller ones, and works especially well for those who get overwhelmed easily. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Set a 25 minute timer and start your work. 
  2. If a distraction/other task pops into your mind, write it down on a separate piece of paper.
  3. When the timer goes off, put a checkmark on your paper. This signals that you have completed one increment, also known as a pomodoro. 
  4. Take a five minute break. Have a snack, complete the other task that popped into your mind. 
  5. After four pomodoros, take a 30 minute break. 
  6. Repeat until you have completed what you want to!


  1. Treat yourself!

After hours of studying, you have to have something that motivates you to keep going. A lot of people might get up and walk around, maybe pet their dog or cat, but it’s super important to give yourself a reward after all your hard work. Even if it’s something small, like watching half an episode of your favorite Netflix series, or fixing yourself your favorite meal. When you take care of yourself, it can actually help you to be more productive. 


  1. Establish a routine

Establishing a routine during this time of year can be one of the most beneficial things you can do. Sure, you can study for five hours straight one day, but if you choose to do nothing the very next day, the work still piles up. When you actively choose to follow a plan for your day, you set yourself up for far more productivity. This plan should implement good study habits, proper nutrition, and at least getting a little bit of exercise. If you struggle to find time to eat well or exercise, here are some ideas! 


Study snacks 

  • Almonds – a healthy handful will keep you sustained for a long period of time, and provides a crunch!
  • Dark chocolate – although it should be consumed in moderation, dark chocolate improves blood flow to your brain by helping you focus better and is full of antioxidants! 
  • Frozen grapes –  frozen grapes work so great as a replacement for a pint of ice cream or other frozen dairy treats!
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An array of fruit is a perfect study snack to keep you productive and happy.



Quick exercise

High intensity interval training isn’t always the best type of exercise during finals week. Instead its more important to try out a workout that focuses on down-regulating your body and mind. Here’s a few to try:

  • Yoga 
  • Meditation
  • Nature walk 


No matter what you do to get through finals week, it’s important to make sure you are taking proper care of yourself. Hopefully you can still find time to do the things you love. Just remember that two and a half weeks of winter break is right around the corner, and that you can make it through! Of course, we here at the Timberline Paw Print wish you the best of luck, as well as a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! See you in 2021 Wolves!