The law school semester is ending and final exams are fast approaching. This is the time when stress and anxiety can kick into overdrive.But you manage that stress and turn it into something positive and useful for thriving on final exams. Here are five ways to manage exam anxiety:
1. Identify the Source. First and foremost, identify what specifically makes you stressed and uneasy. It may be what percent of your grade is based on this one exam or your level of comfort with the subject. Naming it is the first step to tackle it.
2. Make Exam Goals. Write down clear and defined goals from now until exams, even if exams are right around the corner. For example, you may create a goal to review class notes or finish outlines one week before finals. This allows you to have a foundational plan to look at when your anxiety is at its highest and see how you can get on the path to success.
Note: Creating a schedule and incorporating those goals to a calendar is a great way to not only prepare but lessen your anxiety.
3. Find What Relaxes You. Now that you’ve named your anxiety, it’s time to figure out what calms you. Make a list of what activities (and people) help you calm down. So when you feel that crushing anxiety coming on, you can take 10 minutes (at least) to remove yourself and refocus.
Don't let stress get in the way of doing the things that help you feel balanced. If you're too stressed to study effectively, don't force it when you know you need a workout or a walk outside to put yourself in the right mindset to study.
4. Set Boundaries With Some People. Keeping your perspective right and remaining focused is key to lowering your anxiety, but that can be hard when you are surrounded by anxious people or classmates who are stress inducers. Limit the time you spend with them, at least leading up to exams and during exams.
5. Find Your Oasis. Find a study space that not only helps you study AND lowers your stress level. Sometimes the library can be more stressful, so find a place that has everything you need and none of those bad vibes or anxious/negative people.