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Don’t Allow Test Anxiety to Affect You During Finals
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  • December 8, 2016

You made it to the end of the semester and can almost see the light at the end of that tunnel. The thought of seeing your friends and family, eating a home cooked meal, and just relaxing is within reach. There’s only one thing stopping you: Finals.

As college students, you have a lot on your plate: classes, studying, working part or even full time jobs, plus trying to have a social life. It’s exhausting, and causes many students stress and even anxiety. So when final exams come along, that stress and anxiety heightens. Ever heard of test anxiety? Yup, that’s a thing.

Test anxiety is a lot more common than you would think, causing more than 20% of college students to struggle. Have you ever walked into a test and your mind went completely blank? Have you ever had an upset stomach, headache, or uncontrollable sweating during testing? That’s test anxiety.

So, what causes it? There are many reasons why a student may suffer from test anxiety. Perhaps they’ve had bad experiences in the past with test taking, they could be perfectionists, or they could suffer from other forms of anxiety, causing them more stress during exams. Regardless of the reasoning, there are ways to overcome it.

Here are a few tips to help reduce getting test anxiety during finals week:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. Any doctor will recommend at least 8 hours, especially if you have a big test coming up. Your brain and body needs to rest and re-energize.
  2. Don’t go to your exams on an empty stomach. Yes, test anxiety can give you an upset stomach, however, you should never go to an exam on an empty stomach. Try eating a light, healthy snack that is easily digestible, such as an apple or some eggs.
  3. Be prepared! Do not try and cram all the material in a last minute review. Give yourself time to learn the material thoroughly.
  4. Approach that exam with confidence. View that exam as an opportunity to show how much you’ve studied and receive an A as your reward.
  5. Manage your test taking time. Make sure to read all the directions, questions, and all the answers carefully. This will help you decide which sections of the exam will need more or less of your time.
  6. Take a piece of gum or dark chocolate with you. This will now only take your mind off your anxiety but it will help stimulate the brain.
  7. If your mind goes blank on a question, skip it, and move on. Many students make the mistake of sitting on a question for too long and they’ll run out of time. You can finish the rest of the exam and come back to this one.
  8. Don’t panic once other students start handing in their papers. There’s no race or reward for being first done. Don’t worry about what other students are doing. This is your test, take your time, and get your A.

Collegiate Storage and Rental wishes you GOOD LUCK on your finals and a very happy holiday season!