Top 10 tips to manage exam stress

Exams and assessments can be stressful so we’ve pulled together 10 tips to help you beat exam anxiety:

1. Plan your time

Set out a plan that 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.

2. Prepare

As hard as you might try, an entire semester worth of notes can’t be crammed into a few days. You’ll feel less stressed if you start early and are more prepared for the exam.

3. Set aside distractions

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.

4. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling

Extra support is available, particularly if you feel you are suffering from more than a bout of exam nerves. You’ll find more information about free and confidential support services via our Student Services webpages.

5. Take breaks

Get up and stretch your legs, take in some fresh air or move to a different spot in the room. Revision breaks can be as long or short as you need. You might find revising for 30 minutes and taking a break for five minutes works for you, for example.

6. Eat healthily

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 refreshed. To find out about healthy eating, visit the NHS Choices website.

7. Reward yourself

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.

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8. Get enough sleep

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!

9. Take regular exercise

Exercise is a great way to combat stress. 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.

10. Stay positive

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.