University: Coping with Exam Stress

Now it’s March, all of a sudden exams seem an awful lot closer than they did this time last week. Things are getting serious, and as it’s final year there’s no fixing any mistakes made. I’m one of those people who gets hugely stressed around exam time, I pretty much live off adrenaline – and get ill 30 minutes after my last exam ends (true story).

 photo Revision Stress_zpsri2cebsk.jpgWhen PasTest offered to send over their top tips for beat exam stress, I was intrigued as to what they’d come up with. Turns out there’s some good advice here!

The trials and tribulations of everyday life can get to anyone, but when you factor in revising for your exams it can be the straw that broke the camel’s back. If you’re finding yourself getting increasingly stressed about your upcoming exams, try these tips for handling exam stress:

Look After Yourself

Stress manifests itself in various ways – from feeling anxious to random outbursts of anger – and when the pressure is on it helps to remember a few bits of advice to ensure your head remains in the game.

  • Look after yourself and maintain a decent work/life balance
  • Make sure you have a balanced diet
  • Exercise can be a great way of switching off from the pressures of revision and allows you to blow off steam. If you’re not a gym-bunny then a head-clearing walk will suffice
  • Socialise with friends who aren’t on the same course as you – hanging out with other students can sometimes cause more panic as you’re guaranteed to end up talking about revision
  • Don’t overdo the socialising as you don’t want to lose a day of precious revision to a hangover!

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Last Minute Revision

If we were all ideal students, there would be no such thing as last minute revision and everyone would be prepared well in advance. So if you’re a last minute reviser, how do you handle the stress and dread? Your first answer might be ‘CAFFEINE!’ but if you overdo this it can have the knock-on effect of making you even more anxious and reduce your productivity as a result. Far better to choose other last minute cram-revision methods…

PasTest offer a variety of revision aids each suited to how well you personally respond to learning – there are vLectures, paper lectures, past exam papers, and even podcasts that you can listen to to help you. Perfect for cramming.

Give A Past Paper A Go

Whether you’re an auditory learner or a visual learner, the proof is in the pudding which is why having a go at a past exam paper is great idea – this can provide a real morale boost when you’re stressing over whether you’ve revised enough or on the flipside can point you towards what you need to revise some more about.

Don’t Turn Up Late!

Though you might be stressing and panicking about the exam, this feeling will be nothing in comparison to how you feel if you’re running late for it. Not only is showing up late embarrassing but getting yourself in a fluster before even sitting down will have a massive impact on how well you perform during the day. Plan your arrival thoroughly and make sure to check the traffic before setting off for any accidents that might cause delay.

If you find your stress level is above what you’ve normally experienced, remember there are options available – whether you visit your student support service or GP or just have a quiet chat with friends and family they can provide help and assistance.

 photo Exam Stress_zpsxlvngalo.pngI’m a big advocate of looking after yourself, particularly around exam season. I also have a rule of a ‘treat’ meal, preferably something vegetarian (I had food poisoning the night before a GCSE exam once, so eating meat is something which stresses me out around exam times) the evening prior to an exam. The best tip for me here is to definitely try past papers – it gets you both learning the material and familiar with the exam layout and style of question. Kills multiple birds with one stone I guess!

*Sponsored post in associated with PasTest, however all opinions are my own as always!

Do you suffer from exam stress? How do you tend to deal with it?

  • I have to say that getting enough sleep is the most important thing in the world to me especially during exams. I find that if I get enough sleep rather than stay up all though hours of the night, I tend to do better on exams. I think this is solely because my body is thanking me for being kind, haha! Always a good post when theres ways to cope with exams!
    Erin |

    • ninegrandstudent

      Yep, I cannot work past 10pm! x

  • Jennifer K

    I don’t suffer too much from exam stress, but I think it’s because I do take steps to try and avoid it. Using past papers/ question banks is my favourite way to prepare. Eating well, stopping at a sensible time in the evening and allowing myself time off to go for a walk, go out for lunch or just to sit and read for a bit are all key to maintaining a healthy mind during revision time.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Questions are definitely my favourite way, though I’m struggling with memorising definitions right now!

  • I’m terrible for getting stressed out with exams, but I’m getting better at coping with it. I think the trick for me is just starting my revision really early, then I can afford to have a day off and relax a little if I need to before the exam, as I’ve already covered everything. It definitely makes me feel less stressed!

    There’s some great tips here, thanks for the useful post!

    Hannah xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      That’s what I’ve done, I feel so much better for it! x

  • My exams are coming up in May too and I’m already stressing! Definitely agree with the need to look after yourself during exams, it’s so easy to just work and stress rather than having time out and eating well etc…!

    Zoe x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Good luck with your exams! x

  • My exams are coming up soon and I am usually a last minute person but this time I think I’ll start soon, great tips. 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      Good luck! x

  • These are such great tips!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you! x