7 Effective Ways to Manage Your Exam Stress

Everyone gets stressed during exams but it’s important not to let it get out of control.


A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop us from performing our best. So it’s important to address it and get it back under control.

Student falls asleep in library

 Exam agitation are:

  • excessive worry about upcoming exams
  • fear of being evaluated
  • apprehension about the consequences
  • experienced by many normal students
  • not mysterious or difficult to understand
  • manageable by following a plan of helpful suggestions

How to manage exam stress :

  1. Plan your study time with regularly scheduled study session.
  2. Avoid comparing yourself with other mates. Choose the method that works best for you.
  3. Keep things in perspective.
  4. Believe in yourself.
  5. Take steps to overcome problem. If you find you don’t understand your course material, take action by addressing the problem by asking your Tutor.
  6. Sleep well. Wind down before bed and don’t revise under the duvet – your bed is a sanctuary, not a desk.
  7. Don’t try to be perfect. It’s great to succeed and reach the stars,but keep things in balance.

Some healthy tips to get you through exam time:

  • Eat a nutritious(well-balanced diet)– your body will need those extra vitamins and minerals. Eat at least three meals each day; and moderate your intake of fat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
  • Get plenty of sleep and try to make your sleeping patterns as regular as possible.
    Exercise! After sitting in the library or at your desk for long periods of time, exercise will give you that extra boost of energy and liveliness.
  • Practice some relaxation techniques:
    Do Diaphragmatic breathing – close your eyes; breathe in and out slowly and completely; placing your hands on your abdomen, concentrate on it expanding as you breathe in and contracting as you breathe out.
    Laughter – proven to have a physiological calming effect; encourage laughter by reading a funny book, watching a comedy on TV or at the movies, joking with friends, etcetera.
    Massage therapy – visit the Campus Health Service to make an appointment with the massage therapist.
  • Make time for personal time. Doing an activity that you enjoy will improve your mood and will help you return to your studies feeling refreshed and relaxed.

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