Final exams are stressful; there is no getting around that. But while a little bit of stress can motivate you to get everything done, too much can be debilitating.
Conscientious students should study hard, but they shouldn't forget about the rest of their life.
It is important to spread out studying. Organize yourself and set a study schedule, with ample time to kick back with friends, watch a funny movie or take a nap. Exercise is also important to schedule in. It releases endorphins, which are great natural stress relievers.
Break up studying into smaller blocks of time. An all-night cram session is more likely to make you tired and stressed out than give you a good grade on a test.
The University Counseling Center Web site (http://www.counseling.colostate.edu) suggests getting a good night's sleep and eating a good breakfast before a test. Positive thoughts and trusting your instincts can also help you succeed. Check out the Web site for more tips on how to manage stress and learn relaxation techniques.
If nothing else, learn that all the procrastinating you did this semester makes for one hell of a finals week and plan ahead better next time.