Exams and assessments can be stressful so we’ve pulled together ten top tips to help you beat the anxiety.
Set out a plan which tells you what topic you’re going to be revising each day and stick to it. It will set your mind at ease knowing that you’ve allocated enough time to cover all the topics that may come up in the exam.
As hard as you might try, an entire semester’s worth of notes can’t be crammed into a few days before the exam. You’ll feel less stressed if you start early and are more prepared for the exam.
Turn off your phone, or even put it in a different room. Keep away from the TV and avoid getting side-tracked on the internet. Revision will take a lot longer and you’ll feel like you’re getting nowhere if you keep getting distracted.
Get up and stretch your legs, take in some fresh air or move to a different spot in the room – You’ll feel more focused when you sit back down to revise. Revision breaks can be as long or short as you need (e.g. revise for 30 minutes and break for 5 mins). Just stick to whatever works for you.
This is all about balance – Make sure you’re eating enough of the good foods and not too many of the bad ones. Also, drinking plenty of water will keep you feeling awake and refreshed. To find out about healthy eating visit the NHS Choices website.
It’s important to remember that revision doesn’t mean you have to totally stop doing the things you enjoy. Making some time to relax during your day will help you feel less anxious and can help to make your revision sessions more productive.
This is important in the run up to your exams but especially the night before the exam. Getting enough sleep will make sure you’re at your best on the day of the exam. Just remember to set your alarm!
This is a great way to combat stress; if your body feels better so will your mind. Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins – chemicals in the brain that act as natural pain killers – which in turn will encourage a better sleep pattern. Don’t forget that we’re offering free access to Sport Liverpool from Monday, 14 January for two weeks between 7-11am and 2-4pm. To register for free access, please complete this registration form. To book onto classes, please contact the Sport Liverpool Reception on 0151 7943307.
Extra support is available, particularly if you feel you are suffering from more than a bout of exam nerves. The following are some useful contact details for University support services that are all free and confidential to access all year round:
There are also regular groups and workshops run by the Counselling Service. A list of other support networks you can access can be found on our Counselling Service webpages here, including The Samaritans who offer a 24-hour helpline (116 123), the Students Against Depression website, and Liverpool Light – a mental health café that provides a welcoming and safe space for people experiencing mental health related crisis. The service is run by trained mental health support staff and operates from 6pm to 12pm, seven days a week, offering an alternative to the use of A&E for people at times of crisis or in need of targeted social support out of hours.
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, please call the police or ambulance service on 999.
The University is continuing to invest in mental health and wellbeing support for students and has recently recruited a new team of wellbeing advisers, two additional mental health advisers, an additional disability adviser and will soon be recruiting a CBT Therapist and additional counsellors to enhance our central services.
A little bit of self-belief goes a long way. With the right frame of mind and a positive attitude you’ll achieve more than you thought possible.
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