Deal with Exam Stress for your Final Exams
Take notes in class
Do not just rely on your memory or your course book. Take your class time seriously by taking notes summarizing what your teacher has said. If you are feeling exam stress, you can review your notes; this will help you remember things that happened in class that you didn't even take notes on, further giving you a sense of mastery over your material.
- When taking notes, focus on jotting down keywords and key ideas, rather than trying to take dictation. Copying out the exact sentences is not as important as getting down the main ideas.
- Review your notes weekly. This will help you learn the material and transfer it to long-term memory. When it comes time for the exam, you'll feel much better prepared.
Know where you study best
Think about the kinds of factors that allow you to be most comfortable and relaxed as you prepare for your exam. When setting up a dedicated study space:
- Track the level of light in the room. Some people study better with light, others study better in dimmer light.
- Examine your work space. Decide whether you work better with a bit of clutter or if a clean, fresh work space is what you prefer.
- Pay attention to background noise. Does music help you concentrate or do you need a quiet environment in which to study?
- Find an alternate place to study such as a library or coffee shop. A change of scenery can give you a fresh look at the material and also provide additional resources.