Exam Stress! How Do We Cope?!

May 13, 2015 0 By Bethanie

So, that time of year has come around, the same way it has come around for the past 4 years, Exams, my first exam isn’t until 9am on Monday, however the stress has just started to kick in. 

This is the time of year where the work load from your subjects gets unmanageable and you just want to curl up and cry at any given moment, or as seems to be the theme in my drama class at the moment, spending most of your time wanting to jump out of the nearest window.

So in order to help you manage your stress, I’m going to let you into my top tips when it comes to battling exam stress and managing that pre-exam work load! 

Top Exam Stress Tips, according to me:

1. Get plenty of sleep! – You’re not working at your best when your tired, meaning pulling that all nighter to cram for that exam in a few days, may not be the most successful way to revise, as for those of us who don’t have study leave, you won’t be working at your best whilst pulling the all nighter, and you also won’t be learning to the best of your ability in school the next day, so trying to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night is highly recommended, plus, your body will that you for it later! 

2.  My handy little study buddy <—– That is a link. – I use Get Revising as my way to plan my time, it has a fantastic revision time table maker, where if you input every single exam that you’re sitting, plus how long you want to spend revising for each individual exam, it will create you a lovely little timetable based on the information that you’ve in-putted, however not only does it have a nifty little time planner, it also has a ton of useful study resources created by students and teachers taking and teaching the courses around the country. 

3. Drink plenty of water & Eat regularly! – I know this is a given, but I cannot stress enough how important this is, Drinking water hydrates your brain, and therefore keeps your brain working at tip top condition, eating regular meals will also help this as it provides your body with the sustenance needed to function. Eating and Drinking before an exam and whilst revising will put you in the best possible position in terms of how much you can take in and whether or not you flake in the middle of your exams! Also, remember that you cannot pass an exam if you have passed out!  

4. Make time for yourself – Although revising is important, you do also need to make time for yourself, whether its binge watching your favourite show on Netflix for an evening, singing your favourite musical numbers from your favourite West End shows (Bui-Doi, The Heat Is On In Saigon, Defying Gravity, You Can’t Stop The Beat & multiple numbers from Phantom are my personal stress relieving favourites), having a nice long bath or I don’t know, bungee jumping from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Making time to de-stress and relax are also important in keeping your brain in the best possible condition.

5. ASK FOR HELP – This is my #1 tip, If you’re struggling with something, if there is something that you just don’t quite get, or your just struggling to complete all of your work on time. Ask for somebody’s help. What use does struggling do? If the topic that you didn’t quite cover/understand/finish comes up in your exam, then you my friend, are in a bit of a predicament, are you not? So, if you need help, then ask for it! Be it the help of a friend, relative, teacher, classmate or tutor, if they aren’t able to personally help you, they may be able to direct you to someone who can help. The people around you, only want the best for you and want you to succeed, so if you’re struggling, chances are, they will do everything they can to help you, so why not utilise that? 

Well, That has been what turned out to be my top five exam stress tips, I hope they are of use to someone, somewhere! 

Good Luck to everyone whose taking exams!