Stress and Exams

I’m stressing about exams and I’m wondering what I can do to destress and do well on them?

Sunvy: The most important thing to do for yourself is to get enough sleep the night before your exam, or even consecutively two or three days before (at least 7-9 hours). This will help prepare your mind, and you will have enough energy to be able to concentrate throughout your exam. Have you looked back to a previous exam you wrote and realized you made a lot of silly mistakes? You can eliminate these errors and get a higher percentage on this test by getting enough sleep.

Julianna: Also, it is important to eat healthy and to make sure that your sugar intake is at a minimum to prevent a sugar-related crash. And drink lots of water to make sure your brain and body are well-hydrated.

Ejaaz: Eat a proper breakfast and do something relaxing the night before. Most of the time you won’t be able to retain what you crammed from studying really late at night. If you don’t know it by late at night the day before your exam, you won’t know it. So start studying earlier so you aren’t cramming the night before. Also, make sure to use the washroom before you take your test. Or as otherwise, Mrs. Hunniset would say, “Make sure you poop in the morning!”

Ash: Exercise works wonders. As does maintaining a schedule for studying. Taking 5-15 minute breaks between work periods no longer than an hour. Make sure you take away all distractions when you are studying as well. You wont be productive when you are multi-tasking,so make sure to put that phone/ iPod away!

Sunvy: In closing, I’d like to say to make sure you have fun while taking your exam! When I personally take exams, I make sure I used the washroom. I go even when I feel like I don’t need to because, you never know when “nervous pee” will get to you. I think of final exams, quizzes and tests as practice worksheets, so I don’t get too stressed while I take my test. I go through the test to see what the test is all about, and then I write it. If there is a question that I am not 100% sure of, I put a question mark beside it, and if I don’t know the answer at all to a question or if I am spending too long on it, I circle it and move on. I come back to the circled ones after I have gone through the whole test. If I have time, I take a little nap and then I do the test all over again. When you take a break and come back to the test, you have a refreshed mind and a new perspective. You might even find some errors when you look at it again. Make sure you sleep well, eat well, care for yourself and make sure to have fun in your exams!




One thought on “Stress and Exams

  1. 1. Do not compare your abilities with anyone else. You are an individual person and you have your own strengths and weaknesses. Just do not try to follow your friends’ footsteps in the way she/he studies. Just work with the techniques that benefit you. For example, I personally am a visual learner so I make mind maps, t-charts, and cue cards, but it is not necessary that these techniques will work for you. So just be yourself. I always follow the rule Ms.Tsekouras has taught me: KEEP CALM AND FINISH STRONG!

    2. Take breaks in between studying. It is scientifically proven that your mind gets off track when you are constantly studying for too long which is why it is important to take 10-15 minute breaks in between a 1-2 hour of study time. There are many things you can do in this break, but the key is to do something that calms your mind to get ready to learn some more. For example, I usually close my eyes, read a book, go out for fresh air, have a snack, or talk to a friend on the phone.

    3.Last, but not least the day before the exam have a good dinner, sleep early, drink water, and DO NOT try to swallow down the information at last minute because as soon as you enter that exam room you are likely to forget the things you know as well. Just start preparing at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Start to practice for at least 1 hour a day and everything will be fine.

    I hope this helps you with dealing with your stress. Just remember, you will do great as long as you believe in yourself. And, always keep in mind: KEEP CALM AND FINISH STRONG! 🙂


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