Allison writes: “I have a tendency to get really stressed and anxious during the school year, particularly during exam time. What do you recommend to reduce stress and anxiety?”
What is causing you anxiety exactly? Are you worried that you don’t have enough time to study? Are you worried that you won’t get a passing grade? Are you stressed that you don’t know anything on the topic being tested?
If you’re worried about time I recommend a planner. I wrote an article about school planning in the September issue. Sit down and figure out what time of day you can work on studying. I recommend making flash cards, if the exam allows that, with the website or app Quizlet. You can set a test day and Quizlet will show you how much you have to study a day to master the terms. I use it for all my tests and I always feel very prepared going into them.
If you’re worried about grades I recommend talking to someone about your concerns. Also, studying with a fellow classmate or family member can help. Sometimes voicing your worries will help you deal with them. Where you feel you lack understanding, your classmates can help and vice versa. If you still find yourself having trouble understanding and anxiety with grades, go to your teacher. They can both comfort and help you. In the end, your goal should be to do your best. If you prepare and feel that you did the best you could in the time you worked, then that should be enough.
If you feel lost about the topic then I recommend going to classmate. For my English class we, the students, share a Google Hangout with the classmates from my section and the other sections. We all talk and discuss what we understood and didn’t. If your classmates can’t answer your questions, I recommend going to your teacher. They may be able to help you find other sources about the topic. You can always rewatch class recordings.
Pray and ask for peace, know that God doesn’t want us to worry. In Matthew 6:25-34 it reads: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” I encourage you to read the the rest of the passage.
This is such a beautiful passage of the Bible because it shows us that God will take care us no matter what Earthly things happen to us. God can take away your stress and anxiety about school, pray to Him and ask for courage and strength. With courage and strength from the LORD, you can work hard on your school and do your very best. Happy studying!