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How to Cope with Stress During Exam Week


By Jessica Newhouse – Collegiate Staff

We all know how stressful school can be, homework, tests, and of course finals week. Exams are what tie everything together, students learn in a matter of a semester into one big test.

That final exam is what determines where we stand, grade-wise. The thing we most likely do is stress ourselves out by getting overwhelmed by all the studying. Because of all the stress, we become irritated which causes a lower level of a performance on our exam and we don’t do as well as we probably could. Most of the time, stress is what we turn to when it comes to school-related work, but what people know is that there are easier ways to cope with it. Here are ways that we, as students, can deal with stress during exam week:

1. Take breaks in between studying. Do not try to work on the same subject for a long period of time without a break. Whether it be for five minutes or 15. It’s always a good thing to set aside studying for a little while so you don’t fry your brain.

2. If you’re stressing over a specific subject or problem, try to focus most of your attention on that. If you move on without being able to understand it, you’re setting yourself up for even more stress come test-time. Work it out until you fully understand it and then you won’t have any trouble later on.

3. If it’s not a specific subject or question, don’t focus on just one thing. Coast through and work on the problems you find the easiest, that way, you’ll at least have those done. Or, do one hard problem and then an easy one just so you don’t focus on all the hard problems at once.

4. Eat right. Even the things you eat can help benefit you when it comes to stress. Eating healthy food and making sure you have a good breakfast before taking the test is always beneficial to your mind and body to be able to focus and be well energized.

5. Get enough sleep. They always say that sleep is extremely important, no matter who you are. Getting at least eight hours is always a good amount of sleep and will help you stay awake and feeling good when you take the test.

6. Never procrastinate. We all have our fair share of experiences in this category, but when it comes to exams, it’s not a good idea, especially when you have multiple exams. Waiting until the last second to study will only stress you out more. Pace yourself and space out your time wisely.

7. Have a study buddy. If you know somebody from the class, invite them to a study session. It’ll be more effective in the sense that maybe they know something you’re not comprehending or vice versa. It can be both helpful and more fun.