Tis the season for holiday shopping and weather to cool down to a chilling 65 degrees. For the distant bell ringing for charities, for those posed pictures with the family wearing ugly holiday sweaters, and for finals designed to completely melt your brains. The beginning of the semester seems like just a few days ago but as we are constantly reminded by our smart phones and teachers, finals are quickly approaching. Whether it is your first semester at Pensacola State or your last, preparations are always necessary to combat the last week of school.

Don’t worry if you are completely freaking out about the upcoming tests because you are not alone. Most students are worried about at least one final of their semester load and how they will cope with planning their studying tactics while dealing with the bustles of the upcoming shopping season and family members galore.

“My anatomy lecture class is the one [final] I am most nervous for,” said Ana Woodard, a freshman at PSC.

So how do you prepare yourself for the end of the semester finals? First off, get a grip. Scarfing down a full box of Zebra Cakes is not going to help you survive this week of exams. Eating a sensible breakfast or listening to classical music is a good idea for the average tests but a final is packed with pressure and nausea, although you should eat if your nerves can manage.

“I’m studying every morning for an hour when I wake up and every night after dinner with flashcards,” said Taylor Larkin, a sophomore at UWF.

Want an A? You should study more.

There are a few ways to improve your study habits like better note taking skills. Some students have taken to using highlighters to color code information. Usually if something is important to know, a teacher will put emphasis on the information.

Since the dawn of time flashcards have been a beautiful tool in helping us learn.  Websites like www.studyblue.com incorporate the information that you would put on flashcards into a techy way to play games and learn the material. Think of it a leap pad for college students. Study Blue even has an app so you can take studying anywhere you go.

Most classes now have a companion website through Elearning or through your textbook. The sample tests and bonus information can give you a head start in your studying.

Study groups. Form a study group and meet in the library (they have extended hours during finals) and help each other learn the material. If people aren’t your style, you can always record the lectures and play them back while you’re sleeping to really let the information sink in.

What happens the day of the test when you are having trust issues with yourself, the material, and have been awake for 24 hours studying? “I usually pray before a test,” said Ana Woodard. If you’re not feeling the faith you can always opt for Larkin’s idea, “Lucky underwear.”

December 17th will be here before any of us can fully comprehend that it’s here so just try to take it easy on the Red Bulls. Last bit of advice from students is  relax, slow down, study like you mean it, and party when they are done.