Lower Finals stress

“Just a few more days!!!” Students’ excitement can be contagious. However, until school is actually out, there are still finals, projects, and essays to complete–not to mention one more SAT and ACT in June. Students are so stressed, and they need to reduce their anxiety. If your term is already finished, congratulations on making it through. For those who still have a couple more weeks, let’s breathe easier by following these tips…

1) Plan your time appropriately. Once again, time management is part of the foundation of any successful student. (Really, time management is the foundation of any successful person in general!) List your tasks, prioritize them, and make a schedule. You can’t get where you want to go without a good map, and a schedule is your map to studying and finishing the school year strongly.

2) Practice! Do practice tests; review study guides. Ask the teacher for as much information about the test as you can. Is it word problems? Multiple choice? Short essay? Long essay? A project? The preparation is different for each one. Once you find out the structure of the test, you can better plan your studying. Then get together with your tutor or study group and practice!

3) Be organized! What does your study area look like? Organize the paper, pens, pencils, textbooks, and other supplies neatly, so when you sit down to study, you have everything you need. Additionally, prepare your supplies, homework, project, etc. the night before you need them. That is, put everything in your backpack, ready to go. No need to procrastinateon organizing. That way, you don’t have to think about what to grab in the morning, when you’re less likely to be focused and clear-headed.

4) Eat a good breakfast. Start off the day right! A healthy, balanced breakfast gives you energy to tackle the day, including the test. An empty stomach leads to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can make you feel light-headed, anxious, or shaky, among other things. This makes it more difficult to focus or remember things. So eat a balanced breakfast to start your brain on the right track.

5) Reward yourself! Having a reward to look forward to can make difficult tasks easier to do. Plan a reward for yourself, for after you complete a specific task. Pick smaller rewards for smaller tasks and larger rewards for larger tasks. Perhaps a yummy treat for turning in all your homework… and then a massage or game tickets for when you finish your final project.

If you have questions, let me know how I can help. Until then… Happy studying!

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