How to Plan Your Finals Studying

I hate to say it, but finals are coming up soon for most of us. It’s time to start thinking about how you’ll plan out your studying.


But never fear! I’m here to help you organize yourself, so that your studying is as stress-free as it can possibly be. Here’s my step-by-step guide.

1. Make sure you start studying at least three weeks before finals week.


2. List your classes from hardest to easiest


  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • History
  • English
  • Spanish


3. For each class, think of all the things that you could possibly do to study.



    • Make flashcards
    • Make review sheet for each chapter of the textbook
    • Go over tests
    • etc.


4. Write how long it will take to complete each of these tasks. Break up the total amount of time into one or two hour periods. Estimate slightly more time than you think you will need.



    • Make flashcards (3 2-hour periods)
    • Make review sheet for each chapter of the textbook (5 1-hour periods)
    • Go over tests (2 2-hour periods)


5. Print out a few calendars like this…


…and schedule each of the periods into available space. If you have anything happening after school that day, try not to schedule in a study period. Leave a few extra days in case something comes up, you can’t follow the schedule, and you need to postpone some studying.

6. Strictly follow the schedule! If you do, you can feel confident that all of your finals studying will get done, with time to spare.


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  • Nadira Berman

    As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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