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Bust that exam stress - Exams

The stress that comes with exams probably cannot be totally taken away- but there are lots of tactics you can use to make sure you’re not letting the niggles get in the way of your learning.

We’ve put together a list of things to think about before you start your revision, to make sure your brain is as focused as it can be!

Stress is said to be “the state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from demanding circumstances”, which, put simply, is the angst you feel when your exams loom. But how can you tackle it? However much we’d like to, we can’t avoid tests.

Stop comparing

You need to do what’s best for you. Looking how many hours your classmates spend revising, or how many lunch breaks they take, will not help. Remember that everyone learns at different paces, and has different commitments, so unless you’re sharing notes or encouraging one another, ignore what others do.

Fail to plan, plan to fail

Cliche, but if you know what topics you have coming up, when your exams are scheduled, and what you need to cover, your worry will decrease- we promise. Set yourself a timetable for study break, that fits in around your job, gym time, classes, and so on. Don’t over do it, and don’t be afraid to move things around, but having an idea of what’s coming makes it that little bit easier when it appears.

Persevere

When you feel stressed its actually easier to get distracted, because you want to take your mind off things. But pushing through your brain block might help more, as you’ll feel accomplished and like you’ve achieved at the end of your study session

Eat something decent

If ever there was a time to eat your veggies, its now. Thanks to the sugar in your pizza, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks, you end up feeling more lethargic and with worse mood swings, on top of your exam stress.

Breathe

We need to do this to live- so it makes sense that when your heart rate goes up, breathing slowly and deeply can help you get back to normal.

Sleep

Who doesn’t love sleeping in? You will and your body will too, when you wake up fresh and ready to smash your studying. 

Stress tends to happen because we care - you don’t stress about doing the laundry because you don’t care, but if your parents told you to fix the WiFi, we bet you would. Before you know it, exam season will be over and you’ll be breezing through the summer.

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