The NAVLE® is approaching and you probably have a lot on your mind. Maybe you're thinking about the internship application that's due soon, or you're months into clinics and your body reminds you every day how tired you are. Ultimately, how are you going to get everything done?
The NAVLE® is the biggest test ever - more than three years of knowledge crammed into one day - and you may be overwhelmed and even a bit anxious, but remember...it's just a test.
We at VetPrep have been there and we understand the freak out (it's perfectly normal!). Things start to get real and that can be very scary, but I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be OK.
Here are 5 solid steps to relieve some stress.
Step 1: Breathe
When you start to get worked up about your NAVLE® prep take a moment to breathe. Take a few deep breaths concentrating on the feeling of the air moving in and out of your lungs. Just be present in the moment. Breathe in, breathe out.
Step 2: Positive Thoughts
Everyone deals with stress differently, but some people really start to get down on themselves more than others. Don’t let your head get filled with doubt. If needed, take a moment to remember how awesome you are. I know that sounds silly, but seriously, you did well in undergrad —> smart, you did well on the GRE —> smart, you got into vet school—> smart, you’ve passed your classes thus far —> smart, you’re doing fine in clinics —> smart!
There is no reason to think that you won't pass. Visualize yourself doing well on the test, staying calm and answering questions, stepping out of the Prometric center and breathing the fresh air, and getting that passing email. Believe in yourself!
Step 3: Prepare
You’ve been studying for the test for months but you're still not feeling prepared? Here's the thing - you will never feel 100% ready. It’s a nerve wracking experience, no question. It makes sense to take it seriously, which is why you have been preparing. But it's critical to remember that if you really have been studying and completing your VetPrep questions then statistics are on your side and you are far more likely to do well on Exam Day.
Step 4: Sleep
As we reach the panic mode that is November it is instinctual for students to start pulling all-nighters. Please don’t do this. I highly recommend studying a few hours every day as your schedule allows. Completing 1-2 hours of questions and then getting a good night of sleep is going to be far more beneficial to you than studying for 8 hours and getting 2 hours of sleep. You will burn out, and your brain will fatigue. Do your best to take care of yourself and make getting a decent amount of rest an important part of your test preparation.
Step 5: Be Prepared
To help alleviate the NAVLE® stress, start to get yourself ready for the big day. Do a practice drive to the testing center so you know where it is and how long it takes to get there (plus, parking!). Plan out what you are going to wear that day. Think about what you are going to have for breakfast. And hey, why not consider how you are going to celebrate in the evening when you are all done, while you're at it?
You are an amazing student and so close to achieving your dreams. You CAN do this!