Combating stressful tests: YSU employee offers tips to stay calm

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The final days of school mean exams, which can be stressful.

There are ways students can be less anxious about them, however. 

Ann Jaronski, director of Student Counseling Services at Youngstown State University, has some tips on how to combat that stress. She said preparation is key.

“Really needing to put the work in to study ahead of time so that when you get into a testing situation, you actually know the material,” she said. 

Learning how to do deep breathing exercises can help calm you down.

“It slows your heart rate down. It slows your breathing down. It helps oxygenate your brain even more so that you can perform better,” Jaronski said. 

Jaronski said other ways to help students manage the pressure are to take study breaks or work out.

“It’s a great way to get moving, to manage stress and anxiety,” she said. 

Stephanie Demain, a senior at YSU, was working out Tuesday. She said she tries to take five-minute breaks.

“You have to understand to like, take a break every once in a while, so I think that helps more,” she said. 

Demain said things like a Puppy Palooza, in which students can pet animals on their breaks, can help take the edge off.

“It’s kind of nice to like, leave one final today, come out here, do this. I’ll probably go in and work out in a little bit and then get back to studying,” she said. 

It’s also important to make sure that you’re eating regularly, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep.

“Honestly, sometimes it’s better to get the sleep and you may perform better than to try and pull an all-nighter or try to push yourself beyond what you really can do,” Jaronski said. 

YSU is offering walk-in services for all students this week. No appointment is needed.

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