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Stop Stressing!

Tips to manage your stress during finals

Illustration by Emily Faith Morgan

As the academic year reaches its climax, inevitable final exams can feel daunting for many students. From cramming late into the night to wrestling with last-minute revisions, the intensity of exam season can take a toll on both your mental and physical well-being. But fear not, there is hope!  With some effective practices both mentally and physically, you’ll leave final’s week with a smile on your face!

Get Your Rest + Stay Active

That usual 2-4 hours of sleep won’t cut it this week.  Too little sleep will impair your cognitive functioning, doing you a disservice in the long run.  Physical activity will also help to relieve tension and stress, boosting your mood and therefore, performance.

Create A Study Schedule

Measure the time between when you want to begin studying and your final exam date. Break off chapters/sections into smaller, more manageable portions.  A structured schedule will help to minimize last minute cramming, and will be easier for the brain to digest the information.

Take Breaks

I know it may feel like crunch time, but be sure to not burn yourself out!  If you feel yourself wearing down, don’t feel guilty for taking some time to reset before jumping back into it.

Learn What Study Technique Works For You

There are plenty of effective studying techniques made popular, including but not limited to active recall, spaced repetition, and mnemonic devices.  Finding what works for you now will also make any future studying you do down the line a breeze!

Be Kind To Yourself

Lastly, we all know the sinking feeling we get when we may not score as high as we originally wanted.  Be sure to acknowledge the time and effort you put into getting where you are, expel any negative self-talk, and remember you can only go up from there!

Practice these tips before your exams, and you’re sure to see an improvement in your performance.  Happy studying!


By Gabrielle Bolton, Freshman, Howard University

Instagram: @missxxbolton


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