Final Exams - It's Not Just About Knowing the Material.

By on April 29, 2014

Prepare your brain for final exams

To ace your finals you not only need to know the information, you need to be psychologically prepared.

In a May 1, 2013 article for, “Top Three Tips for Better Final Exam Week Performance,” Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP explained how you can ensure success on finals.

Plante’s three tips include:

  • Take care of your body: eat right, get enough sleep, and don’t overuse caffeine or other stimulants or prescription drugs. Get plenty of exercise.
  • Keep things in perspective: Remember that grades are not the most important thing in your life. Placing too much importance on the grade will stress you out more and lead to poor performance.
  • Relax right before the exam: Take a walk, meditate or pray to help you relax before going into class to take your exam.

According to Plante, “Thoughtful planning, attending to their bodies, keeping things in perspective, and finding relaxation strategies all can make exam week no big deal.”

Best of luck to all of you as you take on final exams!