Students at Arizona State University are getting ready to hit the books and prepare for final exams, which can be a stressful time for many students. ASU’s director of Wellness and Health Promotion, Karen Moses, “27.6 percent of students said stress had negatively affected their academic performance. Many factors contribute to student stress including choosing a major, final exams, summer job pressure and planning for graduation. Stress from the end of the year can begin as early as April and continue throughout the summer. “Exercising, focusing on enjoyable activities, taking time to relax, talking about feelings with others, listening to music and sleeping well are all ways to reduce stress,” Moses said. Students from ASU have some helpful advice that can get their peers through the end of the semester in a healthy way. Derek Williams, 19, studying exercise and wellness said, “ I plan on eating well and getting good sleep during finals because if I don’t take care of myself it will just be added stress.” Many students suggest to sleeping regularly, eating well, and managing time correctly in order to reduce stress during finals. A freshman journalism student, Meera Bose, plans on studying with some friends. A great way to study is “getting a group together to study the material we have learned,” Bose said.