“Advice you can’t refuse”
Dear GlobeFather, With AP exams and finals just around the corner I’m starting to feel unhealthily stressed. I don’t know how I’m going to find the time or brain capacity to memorize countless facts and formulas, let alone sleep and eat. Please help!
Sincerely, Stressed Out
Dear Stressed Out,
You are not alone in this. A majority of your grade is probably experiencing the same exact jitters and stress. There are a few things to remember through this next month that will help you immensely.
First, you must prioritize. Make a list of what classes you believe are most important/most necessary to study for. Also, you should take into account the timeline of your exams. Note the order of your tests so that you can study the most important tests first and not feel flustered as the tests start really approaching,
Next, find a way of studying that really works for you. For some people that may be taking practice tests, outlining textbooks, making flash cards or rewriting all of your notes. Whichever way works for you, find it and stick to it.
You should also make yourself a schedule. Give yourself time to study; factor in breaks; don’t burn yourself out. It’s not worth it. If you burn out by studying too much and not getting enough sleep, you will not be successful on the test. It’s counterproductive.
Last, but certainly not least, think about these tests in the larger scheme of things. Sure, it is nice and important to do well on exams, but looking at the big picture: they really don’t matter all that much in the long run. You will be happy in your life, and no test score is going to stop you from being happy. By doing this, you will take a huge amount of pressure off of yourself, and who knows? Maybe that will even make you do better on your tests.