With final exams being right around the corner, we know that finishing an exam can be just as stressful as preparing for it. So, instead of working through the five stages of grief, here are our Top 3 Tips to curve that post-exam anxiety.
Trust in yourself - Try not to compare
Whether you just clicked "submit" on your exam or are just receiving results, it's best to not compare answers or marks with others. In doing so, you make negative preemptive judgements on your performance that are untrue and ultimately won't change your results. Also, your peer’s academic journey won’t affect your own. It's important that you don't lose trust in your ability as there are a variety of factors that affect exam performance that don't necessarily reflect your understanding or knowledge of the course.
Focus your energy on constructive activities
Didn’t get the results that you were dreaming of? Rather than overthinking and over analysing these marks, clear your mind by investing your time and energy into a hobby or activity. For example, go on walks, bake a cake, pick up a new skill, do a DIY facial or practise the 3-4-5 Breathing technique to refocus your energy on looking after yourself. Talk with friends, or make new ones online at SCISOC’s speed friending event.
Review, Reflect and Move on
Regardless of whether you thought you aced or flopped your finals, it is good practice to review and reflect on your overall exam performance. This includes looking back on which study techniques worked well and which ones didn’t. By evaluating and reflecting on how you spent your time in the lead up to the exam and how well you knew your content when sitting the final, you can make goals and improvements on how you approach your study in T2.