Managing stress at exam time: Top student tips

We spoke to our students to compile the top six things to do to overcome stress during exam time.

1. Connect with others and talk about it!

  • It’s Ok to talk! Tell someone if you’re struggling. Don’t let it build up.
  • Never forget to call home.
  • A problem shared is a problem halved – remember you’re not the only one!
  • Take the time to cook and eat meals with friends
  • Don’t be scared to talk about it – you don’t have to go through it alone.
  • If stressed I spend 10 minutes talking to mum and grab a cuppa too.

2. Find ways to relax and unwind!

  • Taking a day to myself…
  • Remain calm, take a walk, chat with friends at the end of the day.
  • Meditation / Do yoga
  • Sleep well and wake up fresh
  • Pop some essential oils in the bath.
  • I go swimming in Brighton – it’ £1 for a student swim and it’s very relaxing!

3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Exercise keeps the mind stimulated.
  • I am trying to keep on a healthy diet consisting of balanced meals.
  • Schedule exercise into your timetable.
  • Get outside – go for a walk or run.
  • Drink loads of water!
  • Eat plenty of fruit and veg!
  • Drink green tea instead of coffee / cut down on caffeine.
  • Go for a long bike ride.

4. Stay organised

  • Manage your time effectively – do not overwork.
  • Make a plan and stick to it – take regular breaks (45-minute session – 15-minute break)
  • Keep a normal sleeping schedule during revision and before exams – 6-8 hours.
  • Break tasks down into manageable chunks – set daily goals and take it step by step.
  • Organisation and time management is the key to success.
  • Make sure you balance your study time with work and leisure.
  • Don’t leave things to the last minute – if you do, talk to someone!

5. Enjoy some rewards, fun and treats!

  • Reward yourself when you achieve your goals.
  • Listening to music and dancing
  • Watching the sunset on the beach and long walks by the sea…
  • Spend time with friends. Make a nice playlist.
  • Poetry helps.
  • Don’t give up your hobbies and family time.
  • Bake something and sing along while you do it – de-stress and also get a yummy snack!
  • Do fun things to de-stress, e.g. cinema/shopping.
  • Don’t feel guilty about a cheeky bit of Netflix!

6. Stay positive

  • Sing and smile every day
  • Be confident. Love yourself.
  • Adopt a winning mindset! Don’t let people put you down.
  • Do not stress too much and let it take over.
  • Write motivational notes / look at quotes that inspire you!
  • Stay calm – you will make it through the exams soon. Good luck!

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