Staying Positive During Exam Season
By Anissa S.
Exams can be stressful. Here are some helpful tips to stay optimistic.
With exam season quickly approaching, it can easily become a bit overwhelming for some students to keep up with all of their tests. Passing all the exams that you are studying for may seem impossible. Some students might dread having to take their exams and fear the day to come. Despite all of the stress that comes with test-taking day, it is important to keep your chin up and face these exams with a positive outlook!
Before the big day of the test, lots of studying might take place. Instead of cramming on the subject the day before the test, it is a good idea to start studying a few weeks before. This way, you are likely to remember more information. Although some may look at studying as a type of chore, there are many different methods to make studying fun! For example, you could treat yourself to an award after you have studied for a certain amount of time. You could study intensely for 20 minutes and then eat your favorite snack, listen to your favorite song, or even play that video game you’re obsessed with. By rewarding yourself after achieving small goals, you will be inclined to want to study more often.
Another tip for preparing for exams is getting a healthy amount of sleep. You’ve probably heard this before, but it really is important to get sleep before the big day. By catching some Z’s, your brain will be wide awake and ready to take on the day ahead of you. In addition, eating a healthy breakfast before you leave will help you keep a positive attitude on test day. Eating a nutritious breakfast will make you feel confident and less nervous, giving your brain the fuel it needs to take on the day. Getting sleep and eating healthy will contribute to your overall positivity and will help you stay focused during the test.
During the day of the test, you may feel a sense of uncertainty and begin to get flustered when you first open your test. If this occurs, it is important to be aware of your emotions and remind yourself that you are not alone. There might be lots of other students that are feeling the same way and it’s OK to feel that way. Feeling slightly anxious about what is to come is perfectly normal. Just remind yourself that this is a test that you have studied for, so you most likely know the material being covered. Focus on taking your time, take breaks as needed, and tell yourself that you can succeed on this test!
With all of these pieces of advice, it all comes down to how you approach your exams. You can either dread a test or look at it as a new opportunity to prove that you studied. With all these tips on staying positive and optimistic during exam season, you will come to exam day in a more prepared state of mind, which should help you do well. Staying positive in this scene isn’t always easy, but having a little motivation can certainly help. Whatever your outlook, don’t be afraid of your test day. Be confident with yourself and you will be fine!