When it comes to tests--especially important ones--I tend to get stressed and I'm not the only one. There have been days when as soon as the papers were handed out, I froze, my mind blanked out, and I was left with a bad mark, and the fiery determination to not let this happen to me again. Unfortunately, it did. I've had a rough year, but I've managed to calm my nerves and  boost my confidence. I've also decided to exact the ultimate revenge against test stress by creating this three part series. 

DON'T

Cry


Don't lose hope just yet. Although nerves can get the best of you, it's important to focus on the information you already know. In order to deal with your test stress, you need to take comfort in the fact that you have been learning this subject all year.

Overstudy


Do not spend the day before the test or exam immersed in a pile of textbooks, flashcards and the audio version of your notes. Go over everything briefly, and only focus on what you are unsure of and/or what you know will be on the evaluation.

Overthink


Do not constantly think about the test and all of the possible questions that could be asked. There is no possible way of you knowing the type of information unless you do the test itself. Think and worry about things that you can control and not those that you cannot.

Pull an all-nighter


Get sleep, and lots of it. Next to diamonds, Nutella and comfy pyjamas, sleep is a girl's best friend. Go to bed at a decent hour so you will wake up fresh and ready to get going, rather than groggy and stressed. Although cramming into the wee-hours of the night seems like it helps, it really doesn't. On the test itself you need the sense of alertness that sleep gives you in order to not make minor errors that will cost you marks.

Hold yourself hostage

Get outside, and get moving. Grab a friend or a sibling and go find a fun activity that will take your mind off of studying for a few hours. This will help your brain not to "overheat", and keep you motivated and energized if the need to do some last minute reviewing should arise.

Psyche yourself out

Think about all of the good things that final tests symbolize. With final exams, comes the end of school, bringing summer vacation, sleeping in, spending more time with friends and family, etc. In other words, this is just one minor obstacle in the way of  one long fun summertime. Once you cross it off your list, you are free to spend your time the way you want.

Ignore your friends

A good friend will pick up the phone and listen to your problems, but a great friend will do all of that and give you a good verbal slap in the face. They will help you to calm down, get a grip and remind you that it is just a test and that you are going to do great. Or better yet, they will help you to do a quick review and clear up any remaining doubts you have.

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~Alexandra