Dealing With Stress During Exams

Dealing with stress can be challenging at times. And, with a 20-50 percent annual increase in university students seeking care for mental health concerns connected to their education, it’s evident that we’re under greater stress than ever before. So, to assist you to get through the hectic test season, here are seven recommendations.

1. Remember to breathe

Setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness techniques like breathing exercises or UCL’s 10 Minute Mind can help you quiet down your body’s stress reaction and bring your focus back to the present moment. As a result, you will have more time to objectively think through your fears, break free from detrimental thought patterns, prepare for a large number of tests and begin more effective revision.

2. Maintain a healthy diet, sleep schedule, and exercise regimen

Pulling all-nighters, surviving on a bad diet, and getting little activity into your day may all exacerbate anxiety symptoms. Make sure you receive 8/9 hours of sleep, adequate slow-release carbohydrates, less coffee and more water, and at least half an hour of exercise every day to help your body work at its best.

3. Establish attainable objectives

Setting realistic goals, whether you have a few weeks, days, or hours until your test, can help you put things in perspective. Accepting your circumstances and working within the constraints of what you have allows you to maximize your productivity without risking burnout.

4. Don't try to do it on your own

Reviewing with peers is a successful study approach because it helps people to better internalize their notes. Furthermore, one of the emotional benefits of social support is a greater sense of self-assurance and autonomy.

5. Maintain a healthy level of anxiety

University students frequently experience anxiety before, during, or even after a test. If this happens to you, take six deep breaths, hydrate yourself, and then return to the subject at hand, breaking it down into numerous, manageable portions.
Remember that every difficulty typically has a sensible answer, even if you can’t see it at first.

6. Have faith in oneself

We frequently forget to look back and see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve already accomplished when we’re continuously faced with new obstacles. There should be no cause for you to be concerned if you have properly prepared. As a result, whenever you have a negative idea, strive to replace it with something good. Instead of thinking, “If I don’t get at least a 2:1, I’ll be a failure,” consider, “Whatever I receive, I’ll be proud of myself and cherish how much I’ve already accomplished.” You’ve got this!

7. If you're having trouble, talk to someone about it

It is never embarrassing to seek assistance. It has the potential to save a life in the direst circumstances. When you’re having trouble, tell your friends, family, or personal tutor how you’re feeling. Don’t be scared to seek expert assistance and support.


Exams have never been easy. The feeling of a knot in your gut, combined with parental and peer pressure, may be overpowering. While some argue that a certain amount of tension and anxiousness is necessary to keep the pressure on when studying for examinations, excessive stress and anxiety can lead to some unpleasant scenarios.
As a result, it is critical to remain cool and controlled while achieving desired outcomes in a highly competitive setting.
Best of luck with your exams!

John Xavier


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