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Reducing stress in exam season

Apr 07, 2016

Some students will feel dread as exam season approaches whilst others may appear completely unfazed. It’s a different story for every student. Here are some great tips to help you keep your stress levels down during exam times.

Know you’re not alone

Talk to friends and teachers if you feel worried. Knowing that it’s perfectly normal to have some stress may calm you down. Hearing that your peers are worried about exams too makes the situation easier to talk about and they may be able to give you advice on keeping relaxed. If you are not in a good mental state for an exam you will achieve less than if you are confident. If your school, college or university has a counsellor, then don’t be afraid to speak to them. Don’t be ashamed if you have mental health problems.

Stay focused on your work

Choose topics that inspire you, make your curious or provoke an emotion. If you feel enthusiastic about a subject you are more likely to stay focused on it. A great example of this can be in English. If you have to write about something, make it a topic which you have a strong opinion or emotion towards. This doesn’t have to be a positive emotion either; the topic can make you angry or sad. By it being a topic you have an emotional connection with it will be easier to write and therefore less stressful.

Prioritising what is more important at time is also very helpful. As much as you may want to go out and socialise it is important to remember that this is only a short period of your life that only happens once so it is important to make it count.

A bit of stress is good – but not too much

Having a small amount of stress can push and motivate you to do your best. It can also be a great target setter. However it is so important to realise when you are too stressed. If you have too much stress take it one day at a time. Even make a daily plan and stick to it. Forget about yesterday (but not what you learnt) and don’t think about tomorrow, it’s another day. Think about it when you get to it.

Most importantly – Be confident!

How do you expect yourself to achieve if you don’t believe in yourself? Having self confidence is a great way to keep stress away. If you have some self confidence then you will be more motivated to keep yourself working, in turn this will increase your confidence more and reduce stress. A great quote I picked up was “If you think you can you probably will, if you think you can’t you won’t”.


To give you a confidence boost, here is a quiz you can do. It’s a short break but it will make you feel great.


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