Midterms Stress


Laura Conway, Sophomore Staff Writer

Have you ever experienced some form of stress associated with school Midterms? Stress from Finals? The feeling of stress associated with testing is highly common all throughout the world, especially here in the United States. According to Oxford Dictionaries stress is , “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances” The very demanding circumstance in this particular case is a midterm test. Midterm tests occur in every grade of high school, we’re all in the same boat together, testing wise. With this in mind here are the ways of coping with stress associated with testing that I have found to work. The first and main priority of test coping is a good night sleep. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep, us teenagers however ideally require more as we are going through various physical and mental changes. A good night sleep can determine whether or not you will be  physically capable of performing your best on such mentally draining tests. Next I would advise a tutoring session or even quick talk with one of your teachers in the subject which you struggle in the most. Knowing what areas of the subject you need to study in before taking the test will boost your confidence going forward. My next piece of advice is to try breathing exercises before and during the midterm. This may sound weird, but it is proven to work. Performing basic breathing exercises such as breathing in and out in an equal manner will both lower your heart rate as well as lower your stress. Lastly I would advise to just not psych yourself out before taking the midterm. Going into the test with a positive attitude will both raise your confidence as well as lower your stress level leaving you with a test well done.