Exam Stress

Exam Stress

Exams can be tough and the build up can be worse, the uncertainty on how you are going to perform and the pressure of revision. It is so important to still do some self-care and stay on top of your wellbeing throughout this busy period so here are some tips for you:

•    It’s YOUR exam! Don’t compare yourself to others. Only you can do your best and you don’t need other people telling you how much revision you should be doing. Don’t make extra goals or spend more time on your work if other people are telling you too.

•    Feel like the stress levels are building?! Have a walk outside, have a break, do some exercise, talk to someone about how you are feeling. It is good to revise but it is also so important to balance your work vs social life.

•    Separate yourself! It is not healthy to revise in the same room as you spend most of your social time, your brain needs to separate the two. Pick somewhere to revise which is calm, quiet and away from your social space.

•    Have a look at how you learn best. Learning styles are so important. It is no good revising one way but not retaining any information. Have a look what your preferred learning style is via this link: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles.shtml 

•    Set some goals! A lot of people work better when they are under a bit of pressure. Whether it is target, deadlines or a long list, it feels really good to tick something off and makes you strive to your next goal. However big or small, always make them realistic. 

•    Get in to a routine. During the exam period, your lectures might be a bit different meaning that your routine is interrupted. If you are someone who likes routine, make your own! This can make sure you are still sleeping, revising, taking breaks and taking part in your hobbies. A routine also ensures you remember to eat and drink which is so important when keeping focused.

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/examstress.html - Student Mind’s is the Student Mental Health Charity, they work with numerous students and University’s each year to empower members to look after their own mental health, promoting positive wellbeing and creating change. For more information on exam stress, click on the link!

If you are unsure on revision techniques, please contact the Learning Development Team for support.