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How to Survive Finals: Online Edition

Finals Online Edition | Illustration by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

Are you worried about taking finals online this semester? Stressed that you will not have enough focus to carry you through exam after exam? Here are a few tips and tricks to get you through the final season– online edition. 

Relaxing atmosphere 

To start, try to find an area that you will be relaxed in enough to focus, but not one that is so relaxing that you doze off. Go for a desk or table with plenty of leg-room for exam wiggles.  

Don’t have a desk or table? Create a blanket fort and stock it with provisions to get you through the final! Water, snacks, tissues and coffee are all options to take in with you. 

Put on some pajama pants and grab that hoodie you love, it is time to get serious. 


Ready yourself this final season by drinking more water to prepare your body for the tears it will shed. I joke, but seriously, drink more water. When’s the last time you drank water? Go on, do it.  

A great tip is to stock up on soothing teas to brew between finals. Try to avoid chamomile because it may make you drowsy. Stick to black teas with caffeine if you do not like coffee or energy drinks.  


Please, make sure that your laptop is charged before you start your exam. Also, start your laptop up a few hours before you do anything to make sure there are no surprise updates that delay everything.  

We love our phones but during exams, put them in a place that will not distract you. This is mostly because when you are filling out multiple-choice questions with 40 minutes left, you feel like you have all the time in the world to scroll on TikTok for a quick second. We all know what happens. Your 40 minutes will be down to ten in what feels like the blink of an eye. 

Take a break 

Try to not let the stress get to you. Give yourself a 20-minute break from time to time in order to recharge your brain and breathe. Finals will only last a week and after the year we have had, a week is nothing.  

You’ve got this.  

Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor

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