Top tips for managing exam stress


13th January 2017 | 15:11

A little bit of stress is natural come exam time, and may even help you. Too much though and you can feel overwhelmed, which is never a good thing. With that in mind, here are some useful tips for helping you conquer stress during this all-important period.


Avoid the need to be perfect

We should all aim high, but feeling the need to be perfect all the time can weigh you down. It creates unrealistic expectations that turn into stress. So rather than aiming for perfection, aim for peak performance. Do everything in your power to create the conditions for exam success. Prepare wisely. Review regularly. Get plenty of rest. That way, even if you are not perfect, you will still do well.


Keep things in perspective

No matter how critical your next exam might be, it is important to keep things in perspective. How well you do over the course of your career depends on many factors: your education, your professional relationships, how much you enjoy what you do, how you respond to failure, hard work and more. In other words, your next exam will not make or break your career. Do as well as you can, and then move on.


Be confident in yourself

There is often the temptation to compare what you know to what other people know. The trouble with this is that it either makes you feel you know too little or, perhaps worse, that you know too much. Besides, how you compare to your classmates is not indicative of how you will perform on your exams. By all means, if you need help, ask questions. Just make sure you gauge your likely exam results on your own mastery of the subject matter, rather than on others’ mastery.


Take a break

No one can study all the time. Not only is it impractical, but it is also counterproductive. No matter how much time you feel you need to revise, make sure you allow yourself regular breaks. Go for a run. Do a yoga class. Take a nice walk. Have lunch with a friend. Building regular breaks into your study schedule will help recharge your batteries and make each study session more productive.


Get plenty of sleep

The more alert you are, the better you will do. Not just during the exam, but in the days leading up to the exam as well. There are 24 hours in every day. Make sure you give yourself at least eight of those hours to rest and recuperate.



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