The exam season is now upon us and since the introduction of GCSEs 30 years ago, they have become a whole lot tougher with old-style assessments replaced with end of year exams which have been designed to be more challenging.
With an estimated 20-50% annual increase of university students seeking help for studies-related mental health issues, it’s clear that all students are under more pressure than ever before.
Sometimes a little stress can be a good thing: it can be the motivational push that we need to get things done. However, coping with stress during exams can be challenging.
Here are some tips to help students cope with exam stress.
Remember to breathe
Setting aside a couple of minutes every day to practice mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises, helps you to calm down your body’s stress response and shift your attention back to the present moment.
Eat, sleep and exercise well
For your body’s best performance, students should ensure they are getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep, enough slow-release carbs, less caffeine and more water, and at least half an hour of exercise per day.
Set realistic goals
Setting realistic goals, whether you have several weeks, days or hours before your exam, helps you to put everything into perspective. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you’ve chosen the method that works best for you.
Don’t go it alone
Revising with peers is a good study technique as it allows individuals to better absorb their own notes. Plus, the emotional benefits of social support provide a better sense of confidence and autonomy.
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