Try Not To Stress, It’s Just A Test

by Ebehi O.
Congratulations readers! You’re almost done school! … but, of course, before you can enjoy your summer, you might have to do some final tests or exams.

In my last article, which feels like ages ago, I mentioned that I had returned to college to get a bachelor’s degree. I just finished my final exams a couple weeks ago, so I understand how stressful it can be to study and take tests. No matter which level of schooling you are at, you will have to do tests/exams.

So, my lovely readers, this article is to hopefully give you a little piece of mind when you start getting into test/exam time.

One of the most important pieces of advice is to be prepared. I can speak from personal experience when I say that being prepared is SO, SO important. Many of my teachers have suggested reading your notes within 24 hours of that class, and then reading them again two days after to move the information to your long-term memory. Basically, the more you read and review things you were taught; the easier it will be to remember. I caution you to not do what I have done, which is studying at the last minute. If you know you have a test coming up in two weeks, maybe start studying bit-by-bit two weeks ahead and then more often the week before. This way, by the time the week for the test hits, you can just review and test yourself on the information.

Another big piece of advice that I can give to you, and that has been given to me by many people, is just breathe. Focusing on deep, calm breaths before and during your test helps relax your body so you don’t feel as tense. Taking some time to just breath and calm down can be applied to any stressful situation; it’s that time for you to realize that everything will be okay.

Believe in yourself and your abilities. You are smart; you are wise; you can do this. Trust in yourself and believe in your ability to do well on the test. Believe in what you know and be confident in the knowledge you have acquired.

My last piece of advice comes for when you finish writing your test…let it go, you did your best. Sometimes it is hard to forget about a test after you have written it, especially if you were stressed about it in the first place. I’m a perfect example of this. I continue to stress after the test is done, but why stress? The test has been written, handed in, and cannot be changed. Don’t worry, I understand that letting go is easier said than done, but you will feel better when you do. Let go, celebrate that you finished your test!

This is one of my shorter articles because I would like to know how you deal with test stress?

Leave a comment sharing some of your tips because you never know if someone else’s advice could help you too!

Good luck everyone!

I believe in you! Do your best!

– Ebehi


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