Tips For Stress During Exam Week


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Vivian Xiong, Writer

We all know that exams are coming up and we might begin to feel very stressed and very busy with studying, turning in all of our finals, attempting to turn in old homework assignments to bring that grade up. I know all of you likely wish to take a break from all the stress and studying. You should have that break. In the long run, it will help you feel less stressed and go into finals feeling relaxed and confident. If you need any advice to calm down for the week and to make it feel easier, I have some tips for you.

If you want to have a break from staring at school work all day you could…

  1. Do anything that makes you happy or participate one of your hobbies. For example, you could read, watch some of your favorite YouTube videos, or a favorite Netflix show/movie.
  2. Take a nice warm bath with some good smelling candles.
  3. Play some video games for a little while.
  4. Definitely take a fat nap to refresh your brain.
  5. Clean up around the house with some good music. This doesn’t just give you a break, but it also could help your family.

Remember, breaks are important, but you need to make sure they are not too long that you completely put off studying. According to Time Magazine, “The most productive workers engage in job-related tasks for 52 minutes, then take a 17-minute break. That 15-to-20-minute window is productivity’s “golden hour” (or quarter-hour, as the case may be). It’s long enough for your brain to disengage and leave you feeling refreshed, but not so long that you lose focus and derail momentum on what you were doing.” (White).

If you want any tips to help you study better, you could…

  1. Make a to-do list with all the tasks you need to finish because one, it helps you remember what you need to finish, two, it keeps you organized, and three, it makes you feel good to check and see that you’re close to finishing your tasks.
  2. Keep some snacks and drinks close to you because you should never study on a empty stomach. You might be too focused on you’re tummy grumbling.
  3. Have calming music in your ears to help you drown out any other loud noises in your home.
  4. Make sure you are in a space where you’re comfortable to work. For example, you might feel the most comfortable in your room, outside by your balcony, or at a park. It’s up to you!
  5. If you work better with having people being around you, you could study with some friends or even with your family.

Good luck on your final exams, Preble!

Works Cited:

White, M. C. (2014, October 20). The exact perfect amount of time to take a break, according to Data. Time. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from