Managing Final Exam Stress

Nothing makes a law student more anxious than the thought of final exams. A semesters worth of knowledge typically all comes down to one exam. In law school, certain classes’ final assessments will be in the form of a paper, and other classes may have midterm examinations, but the grade in most courses is determined by one final examination. With the sheer though of finals typically comes anxiety and panic. All law students understand that grades matter and that one moment could be a determining factor in an entire law school career. Below are three quick tips for manage stress during finals season:


  1. Remember to get rest. Sleep is vital as it refreshes us and is necessary to function at our best. Studying all night without rest is never a good idea because it will be difficult to retain any information. If you are into scheduling, it will benefit you to carve in eight hours of sleep and a few breaks to give your eyes a break and to stretch.  
  2. Meditate. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress. If you are having a hard time focusing or find yourself getting frustrated, it is a good idea to take a step back and meditate. Meditation will allow you to refocus and to clear your mind of whatever if frustrating your focus. YouTube has plenty of meditation videos that range from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours. Choose whatever you think you need and treat yourself to some peace and quiet as a way to re-center your mind.  
  3. Treat yourself. Think of whatever makes you happiest, whether it is your favorite TV show or a meal, now deny yourself this treat. Deny yourself so that you can have something to look forward to after final exams are over. Having your treat in the back of your mind will give you a little bit of encouragement to keep going because you will have something to work towards.

Best of luck this finals season!  

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