Final Exam Anxiety - Minimize It by Being Prepared!
04/09/2014 Published by: Suzanne
Many students are now in the final quarter of their school year. There’s no denying that final exams are right around the corner! In her PsychCentral.com blog entry, “5 Tips to Minimize Final Exam Anxiety”, Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS spells out simple steps that students can take in order to prepare for them and thereby reduce the anxiety they may be feeling . . .
“Final exams can be stressful, but here are some tips that can help make exam season go smoothly:
- Get started now! Anxiety builds as you worry and do nothing. It may feel very difficult to get started, but you will feel immediate relief.
*As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present!”
- Begin reviewing now. You need not wait until teachers hand out review guides. Get out your old tests and quizzes and begin reworking them. (Don’t merely reread the questions and answers; you need to cover up your old answers and actually rework /rewrite each question on paper).
*Some students may find it beneficial to simply re-write some or all of their class notes as way to embed the information into their memory. See our October 9, 2013 SchoolQuest.org™ blog entry, “Handwriting and Memory . . . Taking Notes by Hand Increases Information Retention!” for more on this subject.
- Do an overview. Use your notes and/or textbook to write a list of the topics you’ll need to know for each exam. Making this outline will give you a feeling of control and a realistic sense of the task ahead.
*This would be the “big picture” view of the situation!
- Tackle the easy stuff first. Brush up on the material you know pretty well and then cross it off your list. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and progress, which will lift your spirits.
*Yes, you are “psyching yourself up” here!
- Let parents do some of the pushing. During stressful times, structure and support from other people can be invaluable. Parents can help by firmly yet kindly making sure that studying is happening every day, by clearing the family calendar of as many non-academic events as possible, and by sometimes just sitting down and quietly keeping students company. It’s very reassuring to know that the people who love us have “got our backs” and are trying in big and small ways to help us succeed.
*You may even recognize that you need them to “take away” certain distractions such as cell phone, television and/or computer privileges in order to maintain efficient focus on the task at hand. If this is true, let them know. In the end you’ll be grateful for the peace of mind that comes from being prepared in advanced v. cramming at the last minute!”
*Italicized observations added to the original article by the SchoolQuest blog writer.
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