Acing Finals: Tips from Performance Enhancement Center
When thinking of final exams, students get stressed out or overwhelmed about test day and have anxiety about all that they have to complete before the semester is over. At the Counseling and Testing Center, the Performance Enhancement Center is designed to help students work through test anxiety or any other performance issue they may have such as anxiety before performing in sports or public speaking.
At the Performance Enhancement Center, students are first assessed to see what areas they’re struggling with. Following the assessment, a program is specifically designed to fit each student’s needs. Biofeedback is also used to help them visualize how their biological systems work. For example, the software can show what students’ heart is doing and how basic changes in breathing and thinking can influence their heart beat and overall health, ultimately helping them control their performance anxiety. For more information, please visit the Performance Enhancement Center page or call 404-413-1640 to make an appointment.
Dr. Griffith, Associate Director of Psychological and Health Services, recommends the following tips to help students ace their finals this semester.
- Preparation is essential. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for the exam. Put in the effort to make sure you’re ready.
- Pay attention to what you’re telling yourself. Once you prepare for the test, be confident in yourself. Tell yourself, “I’m ready. I can do this.”
- Stay positive. If you start to think negatively about your performance, stop and say, “Is this helping me or hurting my ability to do well on the exam?”
- Practice deep breathing. Notice what your body feels like when it’s anxious. Then pause and allow yourself to breathe in and out slowly and deeply. Notice what it feels like when you feel calm. It takes some practice.
- Imagine yourself acing the exam. The night before, imagine yourself taking the exam and doing great. That positive energy will help you stay calm and collected the next day.