How students cope with finals stress

Final exams are just around the corner for CHS students, scheduled for Jan. 25 – 27, bringing both excitement and anxieties for many.

Many students find finals to be stressful due to the pressures of staying on top of each and every class while studying for tests that can account for up to 10 percent of final grades. 

“This year has been one of the most stressful years I have faced at Calabasas, and I am still trying to find a balance to keep my grades up without being stressed and still having time for myself to relax,” said junior Romy Stavinsky. 

While it’s no secret that school can be stressful, there are many ways to strike a balance between academics and enjoyment, taken from tips from students themselves. For instance, checking off one responsibility at a time rather than all at once has proven very helpful for some.

“One thing that I have learned out of all my years in high school is to focus on one thing at a time,” said senior Jadyn Ryanne. “Making a list to follow off of has really helped take my mind off of multiple things and [helped] me stay focused on the present.”

Others point to being outside and taking time to exercise in order to reduce stress. 

“Ever since I started exercising before I do homework or study, […] my stress levels [have gone] down, and I have noticed a significant improvement in my study habits,” said sophomore Matt Baum.

Moreover, eating proper meals is not only important for overall health but can help the brain stay focused, especially before an intensive exam.

“Making meals a priority is very important because it helps give me the proper energy to stay focused, and eating fruits, veggies and protein has really helped the most,” said senior Hank Dufine. 

Even the often grueling task of studying can be made more enjoyable with the company of a friend or family member. 

“A way I really like to study is with a friend because I feel like it is not as much of a task to do and instead a way to be social while still getting all of our studies done at once,” said junior Rocky Deming. 

Through practicing these tips, students may help take some stress off themselves heading into finals and learn what works best individually in order to excel in the new semester.