Final exams are just around the corner, and it’s normal to feel stressed. So why not put an anti-stress game plan in place? Having a plan to keep anxiety under control while studying and taking exams will help you to feel better and it may even enhance your exam performance.
Here are some things to put in your game plan:
- Plan ahead for meals and snacks. Stock up on your favorite foods and snacks so they’re ready to go when you’re too busy studying to think too much about food.
- Alert your friends and family. Let them know ahead of time when exams are so that they will understand if you’re less available physically and emotionally during this time.
- Get yourself on a sleep schedule now, so you can stick to it during exams.
- Plan ahead for a few good relaxation sessions – meditate, take a bath, watch a favorite movie or show on Netflix, or plan a Zoom session with friends. You’ll need to take a break from studying at some point.
- Arrange for your study aids now – BLS law library’s 1L Study Aids can help. The library also makes the Lexis Digital Library available to all students – this database includes the Understanding study aid series for both 1L and upper level courses.
- Plan for exercise – at the very least, plan to take one long walking break for every day of studying. You’ll get exercise, Vitamin D, oxygen, and you’ll relax those tense muscles. Walking breaks do a whole lot more for your concentration and wellbeing than social media or web surfing breaks.
- Plan your rewards! Plan something extra nice for yourself after you’re done with each big exam or assignment.
- Remind yourself to see the big picture of your law school and career goals. Do your best but remember no one exam is going to determine your future.
- Finally, contact the reference librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can do anything to help.
- Good luck- we’re pulling for you!