With finals around the corner, the Coyote Chronicle created a list of ways that students can reduce stress.
In this generation of college students have a great access to a wide variety of communication with fellow peers. One great tip would be to create a study group since not many people like asking questions in class, peers may be able to work together to answer questions. In study groups, this enables students to be on top of reviewing notes, helps the individual learn while teaching others and vice versa.
Darleen Rios a senior stated, “I was never a fan of studying for a final exam I was just in panic because of the anxiety of passing or failing.”
This is not uncommon for many students, final exams are definitely the big dog of exams that intimidate freshmen, sophomores, juniors and even graduating seniors.
“My freshman year was a mess I didn’t have a solid way to study and everything was a mess I really didn’t like this, my sophomore year I decided I couldn’t do this before a final exam,” said Rios. Studying is a key ingredient for retaining information that you may not have thought was important through the quarter. Usually some things you least expect pop up on the final exam that you forgot about from the first few weeks of class.
Another great way to prepare is managing your anxiety and speaking positively to yourself. By having a positive mentality in preparation for a final exam boosts your results for receiving a better grade. Also, staying healthy and getting a good amount of rest before your exam.
Drinking water promotes a refreshing feeling for your body to replenish your brain cells. You do not want to take an exam half awake and running on caffeine with high anxiety and negativity that you may not do so well.
George Cruz stated, “When I began to tell myself that I had this final in the bag I felt confident plus I was sleeping peacefully. I remember failing a final and I felt horrible about it but I couldn’t blame anyone but myself. I looked at the factors leading up before my exam and realized I had to change my preparation.”
Some college students do fail exams and that isn’t a very good feeling.
Another strong suggestion is to silence your social media. It is so easy to pick up the laptop or phone and get stuck on media for hours meanwhile you negeclt your studies. Turn off the media for a while and focus on the notes and materials in front of you. Also, shutting off TVs, movies and YouTube. Turning off these media’s for a while to study won’t hurt. These resources will be ready and available for you once your have completed your studying. Your education deserves your attention.
Take half and hour break in between studying such as a nap, listening to music or going out with friends. Final exam days should not be intimidating they should be exciting. When there is confidence for an exam, there is no un easy feeling towards taking it.
Get into a group review notes ask questions turn off your media drink plenty of water and get some rest. Embrace finals week since winter break follows right after it.