Tips for Handling Stress During Finals
Coming back from the four days of Thanksgiving break, we all have to face the crucial
reality which is: there are only a few days left before finals. No matter how many finals we
have been through in our school life, when it comes, the intensity comes along
with it. So having this in mind, what can cure our stress during finals? Here are some practical tips:
1. First and most important: Treat your body right.
Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods and exercise before and during finals week.
Most research says that the typical person needs at least five hours of sleep in order to
retain the information they learned during the day and to be alert and functional the
following day. We all need time to study, but staying up all night cramming can
actually decrease your memory and ability to retain information. Also, treat yourself
with your favorite food–don’t worry about your weight; you deserve something that
makes you happy. Food will give you the energy and mental strength you need to
focus. Exercise has also been shown to decrease stress. Spending maybe ten minutes
a day walking around campus can give your brain time to refresh.
2. Study Strategically
Create a study schedule and make estimates for the amount of time required
study for each test. From there, you can prioritize what needs to be
accomplished each day. Avoid studying or working on the same project more than two hours.
Get up and walk around every hour for at least 15 minutes, or connect with a
friend to refresh yourself. If you are not easily distracted by others, then try to have
a study group from your class. Getting together with a group
and discussing the course material may help you retain the information. Interaction with friends
can relieve stress, but studying is important, too.
3. Visualize it All Going Right
Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the
information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed
you feel. Then picture the “A” on your test paper. When you imagine a happy
ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it
without even realizing.
You’ve prepared as much as you can, and now it’s time to ace the test. Good Luck!