May 15, 2019
Exams have me STRESSED OUT!
It is almost the end of the year, which means… summer! However, it also means exams a bunch of extra schoolwork. Most of the time, teachers see this tight space between now and the end of school to squeeze in as much work as possible! Other events like sports or choirs also enjoy taking up this time, as if some of us do not have other work to do. (Not to be rude).
Some of our classes have study guides/packets, while others do not. I have a French packet and a Math packet. The math one is 172 questions long, while the French one is about 100. Hopefully, that will not be as many questions as there will be on the exam.
I try to study as best as I can, but for harder classes such as history, when we do not get any type of study guide, it is harder. Of course, we are supposed to review our notes and classwork, but I have heard that other schools are required to give out study guides/packets in their classes.
I am particularly stressed about my history exam. I mean, it’s history. Some people think that it’s easy- that all it is is just memorized times, people, events, and dates. However, this is not the case. Sure, we need to memorize a map or two, and yes, we need to know the dates for events… but it isn’t just that. This is a common misconception. Our teacher actually requires us to build on our ideas, lol. We have to build arguments and really dig deep into the knowledge. It is almost as if we have to actually become the person, which is actually really stressful.
On top of all that, I have a choir performance coming up soon. For some reason, they thought it would be a good idea to put the concert right smack in the middle of exam week??? I honestly do not want to go, but I kind of have to, or I will be looked down upon by my teachers.
I have a social life, as well (surprisingly, lol). I will probably have to limit my interaction with my friends or else I will get too distracted from studying. I have to do a lot of destress when studying. Sometimes, I get too overwhelmed to the point where my eyes start tearing up and I almost start to cry. It starts as sort of a rising feeling in my chest (no, I do not have an anxiety disorder). To prevent this from happening, I will, periodically, stop and take a 5-10 minute break. In this break, I will watch videos, or even just lay my head back and close my eyes- whatever it takes to get me less stressed.
My advice is: do whatever it takes.