Finals week has arrived! If you are feeling stressed or need additional tips to help you prepare for your exam this week, check out these suggestions from Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services:

  1. Make an organized study schedule and stick to it. This way, you will study enough, feel comfortable with the information and can ask for help if you need it.
  2. Don’t sacrifice sleep for studying. Make time to get a good night’s sleep the night before an exam. Aim for seven to nine hours.
  3. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals the day before and of the exam. This will fuel your body to make you alert and focused as well as help you cope with exam stress.
  4. Practice positive self-talk affirmations. Remind yourself that you know the material and you’ve studied. If you’re still struggling, focus on your past patterns of success.
  5. Try not to jump to conclusions. Don’t automatically assume you will fail the exam, a test will be more difficult that you can manage or other negative self-talk. You can’t predict the future, so don’t go into the exam already defeated.
  6. Take slow deep breaths before your exam. This will slow your heart rate and clear your head. Repeat whenever you feel overwhelmed.
  7. Acknowledge any feelings of anxiety or discomfort. Don’t push them away or dwell on them. Remember, anxiety doesn’t erase your knowledge or exam prep.
  8. Don’t get hung up on any one question. Circle or make note of it and keep moving. Come back to answer that question at the end.
  9. Answer every question, even if it’s just a guess. Make this your goal in every final you take.
  10. If your mind goes blank, write notes of anything you can recall. This might help you get the right information and fight the tendency to feel paralyzed by anxiety.

If you feel overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, Counseling and Psychological Services is here for you. Visit our website to learn more about our services and call 402.472.5000 to schedule an appointment.