With final exams right around the corner, you may be wondering how to best support your student. For some students, final exams bring extra stress due to late nights, increased workload and lack of self-care or an additional layer on top of that – test anxiety.
Having some anxiety and nervousness before an exam is normal, according to research by Mayo Clinic. Here are some strategies that may help your student:
- Study early and in similar places. Encourage your student to break down their studying into smaller, more manageable chunks. We have some great study spots, from lounges in the Memorial Student Center to quiet spaces in the University Library.
- Talk to their professors. Your student can connect with their professors ahead of time and make sure they understand what material will be covered on an exam.
- Learn relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and positive image visualization are all strategies that can help relax and calm the mind and body. The Zen Zone in the Counseling Center is a free space for students to relax.