How to Prepare For Finals During a Quarantine

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2020) — Finals are quickly approaching. With that in mind, it’s time to prepare. For many students, the thought of finals is stressful enough, but throw in a pandemic and social distancing, and it only escalates stress levels from there. However, with the right preparation you can ace your finals just as easily from your remote learning location as you can on campus. 

Here are five tips to help you end the semester strong. 

  1. Create a plan. Consider what successful studying looks like for you. Do you study best in silence, in the morning, on the weekend, with a full stomach? These are all things you should consider. Once you have determined what creates the best study environment for you, schedule your days around successful study habits.
  2. Get organized. Since campus has moved to a remote learning model, deadlines and project submissions may have changed. Look at your syllabi and verify with your professors exam dates, times and any additional information you might need to be prepared. 
  3. Take it slow. It can be tempting to pull an all-nighter to get things done, but this can be more harmful than helpful in the end. Start studying early enough to ensure you have time to take breaks during study sessions to give your brain a rest.
  4. Take time to connect. Just because you are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t connect with people virtually. Research shows benefits in studying with your peers and working through problems with your professor. Organize a group study session with your classmates or a meeting with your professor using Zoom. 
  5. Use your resources. To ensure student success, UK has moved several student success resources online. Take advantage of them here.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.