Coping with Exam Success NOT Stress

Coping with Exam Success NOT Stress

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It’s that time of year again – exam season!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry, it’s normal to have some anxieties and a little bit of stress can be motivating, however, stressing out is not. Whether you’re currently facing exams or preparing for them, don’t stress. Read on to find out how you can beat the stress of exams and give yourself the best chance of success.

Plan and Organize

One of the main sources of exam stress is feeling unprepared. To alleviate this, plan and organize your study schedule ahead of time.  Creating a timetable of study allows you to break down your subjects or topics into manageable chunks and allocate specific time slots for each. This will help you to set achievable goals, will aid retention and help you to stay in control.


Practice Time Management to Avoid Cramming

Managing your time effectively stops procrastination which leads to unnecessary stress. Keeping to a consistent study routine will help you to stay focused, improve your productivity and allow your brain to absorb information more effectively.  Shorter bursts of focused study are more productive than cramming, although cramming may seem tempting, it’s not an effective study strategy. A good rule to follow is 20 to 30 minutes of focused study followed by a 10-minute break. Repeat.



Take Care of Your Health

Prioritize self-care during the exam period for a healthy body and mind. Make sure to eat nutritious meals with plenty of fruit and veg, get regular exercise, and have a proper sleep routine. Keep hydrated throughout the day as this helps concentration. Ensure that at the end of your study periods, you help your brain unwind by ensuring you relax.


Avoid Comparison

Comparing your progress with others can create unnecessary stress. Every individual has a unique study style and pace. Focus on your own journey and avoid getting caught up in what others are doing. It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate your own achievements. Use positive imagery, be confident, see yourself succeeding and remember your exams are a chance for you to show your learning and knowledge, they don’t define your worth, so give yourself credit for the hard work you’ve put in and maintain a positive mindset. Good luck with your exams!


Author Niki Wymark

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