Congratulations! You have reached the final stretch of the term! This accomplishment often comes with the burdensome papers, assignments, and the dreaded exams. This is the time when students generally feel pressured, so much so that “exam stress“ has become an official condition[i] (subset of test anxiety). However, the amount of stress students experience can be managed if not reduced if they are prepared and make effective choices. Here is how to be a STRESSBUSTER!
- Always Be Prepared!
The Boy Scouts seem to know something important about facing big challenges. Whether you are camping in the forest or writing a final exam, being prepared is key for success. Planning your studying schedule early and creating an outline of how you are going to approach studying for the course(s) is important. For example, if your exam is covering the entire course, plan out which day you are going to study each topic. This makes studying manageable and ensures that you have enough time to learn the material instead of cramming the night before.
- Just Do it!
Even Nike knows that excuses are useless. As a student myself, I know how easy it is to get distracted by laptops, television, family, and friends; however, following the plan you’ve created when studying will help you reduce stress and will ensure that you are prepared for your exams. With that being said, if you are beginning to feel stressed out, take a break and talk with someone to help you put everything back into perspective. Studying with high levels of stress helps no one!
- I am what I am!
This elusive Reebox slogan helps to remind us to focus on our needs, not our friends. Every student studies and learns material differently. Your friend may need to read a textbook 14 times to retain and understand the information and you may need to write the material out. Determining an approach that works best for you is important. If you are not sure, feel free to book an appointment at Learning Services Centre and we would be happy to help you explore different options.
- Because You`re Worth it!
Even though exams seem to be all-encompassing, remember that you are MORE important! Take time to eat well, exercise, and sleep for 8 hours, because L`Oreal knows, too, that taking this time for yourself is well deserved.
While I have never heard of this MacBook Pro slogan, the slogan reminds us that some stress can help us harness our inner beast to achieve success. A little bit of stress can help us focus on studying and accomplish the task at hand. When stress impacts your ability to perform at your best, you need to address it and get it back under control. This can be done by taking a break, getting a reality check, or visiting professionals such as the counselors at our Wellness Centre (https://www.lbstudentaffairs.ca/student-support/healthservices.htm) to get support.
- Outwit! Outplay! Outlast!
Exams are just like the show Survivor. You may feel overwhelmed and unable to ever escape from the world of exams, but remember the exam period only lasts one month! Remind yourself that the end is in sight and that you can outlast this period. The self-affirmation “I can do it” has been proven to help people actually accomplish the task.
So take deep breaths, plan things out, and be confident that you can survive this exam period. If at any point you feel that you would benefit from some extra support, please remember to contact the Wellness Centre or visit us at the Learning Services Centre.
Senior FSG Leader