Managing Stress During Finals Week

We have only a few weeks left until the dreaded finals week! This can be one of the most stressful times of the year for college students.  If you crammed for most of your exams during the semester, you might have forgotten the majority of the material and now you’re being asked to remember it all.  Unfortunately, if you become too stressed out, it can make you perform even worse on your tests! During this time of the year, we as students really need to find a balance between apathy and anxiety.  We have to care enough to study, but not care too much to the point where our stress prevents us from retaining any information.  Here’s some tips to help you manage your stress during finals!

First, try to focus on one test at a time.  If you’re freaking out about the biology exam you have on Friday, you’re not going to retain very much information about the psychology test you have on Monday. It’s really easy to get overwhelmed if you think about all of the tests you have that week. Try to plan a schedule for when you’ll study for each exam.  This always helped me to stay on track and not get overwhelmed.

Next, take advantage of the resources we have on campus! Campus Ministry offers movies during finals week and also FREE massages.  Definitely get a massage; it’s free and you deserve it.  It’s always a good idea to take breaks here and there, so you don’t get burned out from all of the studying.

Go to the Rice Center! Exercising will help you to relieve stress and clear your mind for awhile. Then, you’ll be ready to ace your next exam.

Make sure you sleep! When you sleep, your brain organizes all of the information you just studied.

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