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WKU Counseling Center offers advice for finals week – WKUHerald.com

Finals week is approaching, and it can seem daunting to consider what this week of work could bring. However, there are ways for students to deal with the stress and pressure this week may bring.

Karl Loves, associate director of the WKU Counseling Center and licensed counseling psychologists, offered some advice on the best way to handle this stress, including how to stay calm during Finals week and study methods that might work best.

“Don’t feed the hype from the finals. Finals week actually isn’t as painful as it is in our imaginations,” Loves said. “It’s almost a rite of passage to talk about finals as horrific, like students going to war. You might even hear the students telling weekend stories to each other, trying to bond with who was worse off. I’m not saying Finals Week is easy, I’m just saying that doing well starts with staying calm, avoiding the hype, and avoiding stereotypes.”

His first tip focused on the popular notion of the all-night attraction. Loves explained that research shows that night owls can actually cause problems with how well you study.

“Forget all the nights. There is some research that shows that group study sessions or binge-studying only help you achieve higher grades if you haven’t studied for the entire semester, Loves said. “In this case, spending the whole night may not help you enough to pass the test. Plus, staying up all night throws your brain out of the turmoil, messes up your sleep schedule, so you won’t be working at 100% for the next few days.”

Starting to study early and piecing together the information you need to know for your tests is a much more effective way to really learn information than overnight stays, says Loves.

“All nights are basically fairy tales played by students who haven’t learned how to learn,” Loves said. “It is better to start at least a week before the finals and spend a good part of the time each night going over your notes, readings, videos, etc. It is much better to do some work every day than to do all the work in one day.”

His second tip encouraged an understanding of what motivation really is. Everyone is motivated, and Lavz explained how even if you don’t want to do something, you can still do it.

“Forget the ‘motivation’ myth. There is no such thing as no motivation, people can be motivated not to do something, but all people have motivation, that is, no one loses motivation in general,” said Loves. “And you don’t have to do anything to do. So don’t feed the noise of the finals being too hard or not motivated to study. Just be honest with yourself. You may not want to study, but you want to get the degree and own the degree you have to do.”

Laves explained the reasons behind students who might experience “test anxiety” and why this may be prevalent during Finals Week. It’s a group of factors that cause anxiety to occur during finals, so understanding them can help students recognize what might be causing their own feelings.

Do your best, do it with joy and love, do it with respect and passion and your score will be good enough.”

– Karl Loves

“Forget the test anxiety myth; there is no such thing, really. There is just anxiety. People who get really anxious during testing tend to be really very anxious people anyway. And it helps to know why you are anxious,” Loves said. People are insecure. They don’t really think they are smart and are afraid to fail, even though they have never failed. Some people worry that they didn’t pay attention, they didn’t study, and now they might fail, and yes, they’ll have to explain their situation to their parents.”

He also noted the importance of understanding that mistakes happen, but that this should not make you give up or deter you from doing your best in the finals.

“This is tough, but go ahead and own it. You can’t hide it, take your punishment and move on. We all made mistakes here and there,” said Loves. “Some of us get anxious during an audition because we’re crazy, like we’re treated like fools which makes us angry but when we’re angry, no We test well. Anger hinders our memory and knowledge.”

Then move on to ways to prepare for Finals Week. Actual methods of study should depend on the type of exams and information you have to learn for your finals. Loves suggested that active learning in the form of discussions with other students is a good way to prepare for finals.

“You need to study and prepare for the way you will be tested. Staring at flashcards or notes is not learning, it is reading. Learning is more complex, there is more going on, more action,” Loves said. Your head is, and better yet, a small group of people studying together, examining each other, arguing, and debating. There is memory and then there is knowledge […] You need to know, and you need to know how to use what you have saved. “

Finding the right environment to study and deciding when is also vital. Loves explained how location and environmental aspects can make a big difference in the retention of the information you study.

“That is why it is a good idea to start early in the finals, start revising the material early and keep coming back. The more you review it the more your own knowledge becomes,” said Loves. It has good lighting, little noise, but good background noise, sitting upright. Lying down is fine for a short period of time, but lying down for too long and your body assumes it’s time to sleep.”

Lavz also recommended that students not drink too much caffeine, despite the popular notion that caffeine can improve alertness and performance on tests.

“Speaking of drowsiness, don’t overindulge in caffeine. Forget the study drug myth, what a misleading self-serving name it is. Just like spending the whole night, using stimulants to study doesn’t make much of a difference,” said Loves.

His last tip for improving stress during Finals week was to relieve yourself of the idea that you have to be your best and go further than expected. It is very important that students take this pressure off themselves, relax and enter their exams thinking they will do their best.

“You can also remove some of the pressure to achieve more. Vanity comes in many forms; over-achievement can also be a form of vanity,” Loves said. “So don’t torment yourself with some visions of correcting values. Some people find it important if they want to attend an elite school. But fortunately, most Americans realize that grades don’t tell the whole story. Do your best, do it with joy and love, do it with respect and passion and your score will be good enough.”

The news reporter Alexandria Anderson can be reached at [email protected].

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