As the school year comes to an end, final exams begin. While these often place a large amount of stress on students’ lives, there are some ways to cut down that stress while studying for finals.

Here are some of our tips:

1. Why not cram? Because you can’t cram and do your best. Start studying at least one week before the final. Make a study plan and follow it.

2. Where is the best place to study? The best place to study is in the room you are going to take the test in. If you don’t have access to the testing room, you can imagine yourself in the testing room while you study.

3. What if I’m anxious? Some worry is not only normal but useful. However, if it’s so much it’s getting in the way of your memory, use a combination of relaxation and watching what you’re telling yourself. If you have difficulty doing that, or it helps but not enough, get help from someone who can teach you practical stress management skills.

4. Can technology help? Websites that can help with studying are valuable. Look up flash card making sites. Students with Macs can download an app called SelfControl. SelfControl blocks specific distracting sites during studying.

5. What about memory tricks? During Cognitive Education Training (CET) students learn how to make information stick in their memory.

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