The Essentials: Getting through Finals Week

It’s April, and while finals are still more than a month away, we can pretty much guarantee you that they’ll be here sooner than you ever thought possible. If you don’t believe us, ask a senior. You may not be feeling the pressure to crack open the books and start studying — after all procrastination is most our middle names. And while we get it, don’t make the same mistakes that many do when it comes to finals preparation.

Start Studying Early
Are your teachers testing you on the entire school year or just the second semester? If it’s the entire school year, that’s even more of a reason to start looking at those notes from September. It almost seems like an eternity ago, and if you can’t remember what you had for breakfast yesterday morning, then a head start won’t hurt.

Study Groups
Let’s face it, study groups are pretty much the only way you’re going to see your friends when preparing for finals. Plus, you can quiz each other, teach each other (which is highly effective for learning), and encourage each other.

Probably our favorite part about studying are the snacks! We recommend healthier snacks that are easy to eat — such as apples, celery with peanut butter, and nuts — but we’re not going to judge if you walk in with a bag of chips.

A hydrated mind is a healthy mind (we don’t care that it’s cheesy and lame — just go with it!). Even though you’re not running laps around a track, you’re still giving you brain an intense workout. You’re hyperfocused, and being adequately hydrated is key to maintaining that focus, avoiding headaches, and keeping you in tip-top shape to retain information.

When you’re sitting for hours on end, your circulation isn’t going to be awesome. You need to make sure that blood is reaching all of your limbs and brain. Taking five minutes to stretch will help you feel refreshed and ready to get after those books for another two hours. 

Be sure to use these six super-simple tips to help make finals week a success!


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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
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Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
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nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”