Finals As Described By The 7 Deadly Sins

Finals As Described By The 7 Deadly Sins

To succeed in finals, don't indulge these vices...

Finals is a stressful time in universities—whether it’s getting enough sources to write a substantial paper, finding ways to get those additional points to increase a GPA, or maintaining your physical, emotional, and mental health. And while the home stretch could produce great papers and worthwhile finals that could make or break one’s opportunities to get into a major, it can also bring the worst out of people, manifested in the Seven Deadly Sins.


With all the stress and papers flying around, getting physical is not the concern, unless it’s with the bed, trying to sleep. One doesn’t always lust for the finals or essays, they lust for falling into the sheets at night, trying to suppress the cold loneliness finals entails.

However, one would have to seek pleasure through cuddling in the library, or giving innocent cheek kisses for good luck. Yet given the greater awareness for sexual harassment, one would have to ask the person to cuddle first. It is supposed to be enjoyable for everyone!


There’s the phenomenon of “stress” eating when something intense arise—in this case, papers containing essays and problem sets and labs arise. Back at my high school, students would turn to lemon bars; in university, it’s in the form of vending machines and any restaurants that aren’t any of the UW dining halls.

On the other hand, one would have to be careful not to eat too little either. Finals are important, but one cannot take them with an empty stomach. Or going into finals review sessions that long last into the night through the early hours in the morning, just before that 8:30 class.


With the number of jobs dwindling to the mass competitiveness of today’s job market, along with the pressure to get the grades to get to graduate school, one would bet tempted to either hide their notes or outlines or cause sabotage. The other side of this coin would be to ask for everybody’s notes and not give any of them in return.

That’s why having study sessions are important—to remind a person to bring their part of the study guide, and to note that we’re all in this together when trying to ace our classes.


As noted in a previous article, I have a hard time sleeping at a decent hour. Therefore, I strive to find myself to sleep a lot more. Another fragment of that story is I procrastinate a lot, which doesn’t work in the grand scheme of things. Of course, I know a break is good enough to rejuvenate, and yet, it can easily go out of hand.

One need not to completely shut down social media or games or any form of hedonism—but that’s not what the point of finals week is for, especially for freshmen, who might be overwhelmed by the amount of time they have to study; and seniors, who think graduation is already in the palm of their hand. Instead, take a deep breath, pull out those sources, and work on it.


Like with greed, we all want to obtain status symbols of post-graduation: a nice fellowship, a good job, or money for graduate school. Swimming in debt and rising costs of living cannot be an option, as I’ve observed with newspaper articles and time.

While I note we don’t post rankings in university, envy comes in the form of Dean’s List mentions, awards, and a professor’s praise. Try to suppress these urges to act on classmates and friends and push forward.


I have never seen anybody get angry before finals—maybe after the quarter is over and the grades are out.


Just because certain classes have study guides with most of the questions utilized for the final doesn’t mean one would have to wait until two days before the final to get started on it. It could also combine with sloth in that one would slack off before finals week, and then go into the exam room for nothing.

Also, to believe that one could write an essay in an entire night is unrealistic with the more words and research it requires. I found myself in that predicament several times; however, it never works out.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.


It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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