With final exam season upon us, it’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety—especially if these are your first university finals. While sometimes these feelings can help you feel motivated and focused, they can also interfere with your performance throughout the entire exam process. If you have severe anxiety, you likely have accommodations arranged for your exams through the Student Accessibility Centre. But if not, here’s some info to help you get through basic exam anxiety.
What can contribute to exam anxiety?
- Poor study and exam-taking strategies
- Time management difficulties
- Psychological factors like negative thinking and self-criticism
- Not getting enough sleep
- Anxiety disorders
- Not getting the proper nutrition prior to an exam
How can I combat my exam anxiety?
Manage your anxiety and negative thinking
Student Health and Wellness in Halifax, and Health Services in Truro, can assist you with recognizing these negative thoughts and feelings, and offer techniques and strategies you can use to combat them—including using online tools.
Over-learning the material will help you feel ready and more confident when taking the exam. Need help with your preparations? Our Personal Study Coaches in Halifax, or the Student Success Coordinator in Truro, can assist you with learning effective study and time management strategies.
Make sure you have everything you need for your exam prepared the night before. Rushing the morning of the exam will increase anxiety.
Get a good night’s sleep and eat well
Cramming and pulling all-nighters before your exam can worsen anxiety. Instead, go to bed so you’ll have adequate rest and also make sure you eat a nutritious meal before you write to help reduce anxiety.
Arrive at the testing site early so you won’t have to deal with the added stress of being late.
Feel like you need some extra help? You have options.
- In Halifax, you can visit Hazel, our on-campus social worker, on Mondays in the International Centre from 4-6 p.m. or Wednesdays in the Student Union Building from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Stop by the Student Health & Wellness Centre (Halifax) for walk-in counselling, or Health Services (Truro) to see a nurse.
- Advisors are available in Halifax at the Student Accessibility Centre in room G28 of the Killam Library, or in Truro at the Student Success Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Dairy Building.
Nari knows there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep before an exam.