How to Get Rid of Post Exam Anxiety
Maybe Tom Petty was right. Maybe the waiting is the hardest part!
After all, you know what to do to prepare for exams. You outline, read, study and repeat. There are all sorts of resources available to help you do your best during the exams. Sadly, there aren’t a lot of tools you can use to help you deal with the inevitable post-exam anxiety that sets in as soon as you walk out of the classroom.
Here are three surefire ways you can deal with the dread, second-guessing, remorse and general anxiety that grips you after you’ve turned in your exams:
- Keep quiet. If you’re like most law school students, you are super competitive. You want to know–you need to know–that you did at least as well as everyone else, if not better. So your natural inclination will be to find your classmates and rehash your exams, question by painful question. You will want to try to reassure yourself that you did well.
You’re probably not going to get straight answers from your fellow ultra-competitive classmates. Even if they didn’t perform well, they’re not going to tell you. All it will do is make you wonder if, maybe, you did worse than everyone else. That only adds to the stress you’re feeling.
- Let it go. Sure, you can spend every minute replaying the exam in your head, over and over again. But what does it really get you?
In fact, every minute you spend obsessing over the exam is a minute you’ve wasted. This can be damaging, particularly if you have other exams. You could have done very well or you could have done better. Either way, there is nothing you can do about it, or you won’t know until your professor posts your score. So let it go until then.
- Get distracted. If ever there was a time for a law school student to relax, it’s after exams. The next semester hasn’t started, your professors are busy reading and scoring and (for once) you don’t have any studying to do. This can either be a good thing or a bad thing. If you use the time to obsess about the exams, it’s a bad thing. If you use the time to distract yourself with something fun, it’s a good thing. Distract yourself by doing something fun. You might as well–there’s nothing else to do.
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