With finals approaching in a few weeks, I decided to look into the effects finals week has on students. Everyone knows that the week of finals is very stressful for students and it is commonly dreaded by students. During this time, students experience loss of sleep, have bad eating habits, and may skip their usual workouts and stress relievers. Different students have different experiences with finals, many find it very stressful while others have no problem taking these important tests. Studies show that "cramming" all of your studying in before a final is not an effective way to learn the material and will not improve the outcomes of the test.
Students need to take action to lower the stress and anxiety they feel leading up to the tests. Researchers recommend that you try to exercise and take several breaks for your brain during the study process. Accumulating daily stress can ultimately lead to anxiety attacks so it is important for students to try to remain at ease. In 2009, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, showed that 7 percent of college students misused Adderall leading up to final exams. The Journal of American College Health found that only 11 percent of college students reported being well rested and this number decreases significantly when finals come around.
It is important to take care of your body when finals come around. Take a deep breath and try to relax.