Coping with Anxiety About Your Final Exams

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

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Final exams are coming and my mind starts going wild. I start to question my ability and study habits. This is the reaction of many college students when final exams roll around. How should college students cope with the anxiety of ensuing final exams? College students can cope with the anxiety of final exams by being comfortable with the subject they are going to be tested on. In addition, they can seek reassurance from friends and family which are a great source for support. The main cause of anxiety is uncertainty. Therefore, if students can overcome that feeling of uncertainty they can ease their final exam anxiety. Moreover, planning ahead for your finals will help core with the anxiety of a final exam. Further, a few visits by students to their professors before finals can help reaffirm the knowledge that students contain which will help alleviate anxiety. Final exams can be a great opportunity for student to test their knowledge before the end of the semester.

When college students have a firm grasp of a final exam subject they are less likely to feel anxiety. For example, John has been studying hard all semester for his biology class. On the other hand, Jordan has been partying with friends all semester then decides to cram the night before the biology final exam. Consequently, in most cases John will have less anxiety over his biology final exam than Jordan. As a former Dean’s List student I know that having an understanding of the subject matter helps reduce anxiety. Students are not scared of an exam when they are comfortable with the concepts and notions for that subject.

Another great way to overcome anxiety for a final exam is to seek reassurance from friends and family. Friends can help college students feel and gain self-confidence in their abilities. For instance, Jake is unsure about his ability to give his final presentation in speech class. His friend Greg offers to listen to his presentation. After Jake finishes his presentation Greg exclaims to Jake that he did a wonderful job. Simple positive compliments about their skills can help inspire college students to be confident for their final exams and allows them to escape the grasp of anxiety. Also, study groups can be an excellent way to review your knowledge of a subject and relieves anxiety. Being around confident people can change your mood and allow you to be a more self-assured student. Furthermore, hearing the words “I love you” from family can put the exam in perspective and help reduce anxiety.

Moreover, college students should plan ahead for their final exams. When human beings are expecting an event and are fully prepared they are better able to handle stress and anxiety. For example, Faith started to prepare for her final exams after her midterms. On the other hand, Bill has not given any thought or consideration to his final exams. It is likely that Faith will feel less anxiety when it is final exams time. When human beings set short term goals it is easier for them to achieve their long term goals. Students should device short term actions that they can do to achieve their goal of getting a good final exam grade. Being an excellent student does not have to be stressful if we are ready to meet the challenges.

Also, taking visits to a professors office hours is a great way to reduce anxiety about a final exam. When students are allowed to go over the subject matter with the professor in private it creates a higher degree of self-confidence than trying to do it all on your own. A professor can help comfort students about their knowledge on a subject. Furthermore, most professors will be happy to see you in their office and will give you inside information on the test because you took the time to come visit them. Professors are there to help you so take advantage of that. Final exams can bring about anxiety, but with the right actions and resolve it can be overcome and replaced with joy. Just remember anxiety is a natural thing, but it is how students deal with anxiety that will set them apart. Good luck students on your final exams.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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