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Coping with Exam Stress

Struggling with exam stress? Here are some tips to help you through...

Working towards exams can creating feelings of worry and being under pressure, especially at university where you’re aiming for a degree.

There are a range of things that you can do to help deal with the stress that you might be feeling. Some of the things we recommend to try to keep in mind are...

  1. Keep it in perspective - which deadlines should you prioritise? 
  2. Get that organised feeling - use a scheduling app or calendar and make efforts to ensure your workspace is clean. Try the pomodoro technique for studying if you struggle to stay focused for long periods of time. 
  3. Get into some good habits - get up and walk around for a bit if you've been sat for a long time, stay hydrated, try to keep to a schedule - set yourself up in the best way possible for you. 
  4.  Do your best to avoid bad habits - try to limit your access to distractions whilst you're in work mode (mobile phone, tabs up on your browser that don't relate to the work etc).  
  5. Get support from friends and family - sharing your thoughts can help to clear your mind and help you to regain focus. If you're stressed about something specific to your course, don't be afraid to reach out to your tutor for support!

These are just a few examples, but there are plenty of resources and guidance available. Don't forget that there is help available from our SU Advice during drop-ins in AG-7A each Tuesday between 10am-noon.

For more ideas on how to manage exam stress we recommend these websites...

Student Minds: Exam Stress

UCL: 7 tips to help you cope with exam stress



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