Your heart starts beating rapidly, your palms start sweating, and you feel faint. Yes, it is time for first trimester exams and the very thought of them makes most Bullis students feel anxious and worried. Although there is no cure for final exam anxiety, there are some steps you can take to make the process go a bit easier and maybe alleviate some of the stress.
Organize all your notes for each class. It may sound simple, but an organized system for your notes and handouts will make studying easier and help you retain more information.
Step 2: PLAN
It is obvious, but don’t start studying for an exam the night before it is going to take place. It’s difficult to plan for five or six exams in one week, but if you can make a schedule that allows several nights of studying for each exam, you will be more successful come test day.
Step 3: UTILIZE SUPPORT OPTIONS
Don’t do it all alone! Go to review sessions, ask questions about material you don’t understand and form study groups. Actively discussing the material and reviewing it out loud with others is an excellent way to retain it and organize your ideas before the final.
Step 4: PREPARE
Advice you have heard over and over is to a good night’s sleep before a big test and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you say; BUT it’s true! Lack of sleep can result in a lot less brainpower on the morning of the test. It is proven that eight hours of sleep minimally is needed to be able to function well. The same is true with breakfast because your body needs the fuel to be able to think and form complex thoughts. Finally, pack your backpack the night before and make sure it has whatever you need for your final including pencils, pens, computer, and calculator. Keep in mind if you wish to use your computer, you must have downloaded the ExamSoft software.
Step 5: KEEP CALM
You are sitting in the room and the teacher passes out the final. At first glance, the words on the paper start to blur together. DON’T PANIC! Just breathe and start with the first question: you know this! Soon enough, you will forget about that initial anxiousness.
Step 6: IT'S OVER
After your finals are over, don’t worry anymore. Enjoy Thanksgiving break and relax.