This is College: Thoughts of a Peer academic Advisor vol. 5.1

Peer Academic Advisor: Negina Noorzada
Major: Psychology (BA)
Class: Senior

Exam Anxiety

We have all experienced anxiety when it comes to taking exams. Sometimes the fear can be so intense it impairs our ability to learn and prepare adequately for our exams. There are dozens ways to overcome this anxiety. The secret is to find what works for you. It can be helpful to take advantage of other students’ experiences and learn from them. I am a senior and have dealt with exam anxiety for a number of years. Here are a few things I have found to be helpful. What works for me may not work for everyone, but hopefully these are a few things that might help:

  • Start studying early: I always start my studying for exams a few days earlier than most of my classmates, this way I have enough time to review the materials a few times before the exam.
  • Get a good night’s sleep: I stop studying early the night before the exam. This allows my brain to process the information that I have been studying.
  • Get up early on the exam day: On the morning of the exam I am up 2-3 hours earlier than usual. This gives me time to review the material one more time before the exam without feeling rushed.
  • Give your brain a rest: After the last review I stop thinking about the material and the exam, and I avoid discussing it with my friends.
  • Avoid arriving at class too early: I will try my best to avoid going to class early because I do not want to hear my classmates discuss the material. Sitting and waiting for the exam to begin can also raise my level of anxiety.

These practices have always helped me to overcome my anxiety and feel confident. When you feel confident about your preparation there is no place for anxiety.