How to Cope with Exam Stress
It’s crunch time! Studying for exams and taking exams can be extremely stressful. Central Grampians LLEN has whipped up some top tips to deal with stress and anxiety relating to exams:
STUDYING AND PREPARING FOR EXAMS
- Studying can often involve digesting huge amounts of information in a short period of time. Allow yourself enough time to study and create a study plan (like summarizing one chapter an hour).
- Take breaks while studying for long periods of time. Studies have shown that studying with more breaks is often more sustainable and helpful than studying for three hours straight.
- Go outside during study breaks to take in some fresh air (oxygen is good for the brain!)
- Telling others what you’re studying can help you retain more information and helps you practice your wording for essay questions.
- Try studying with a friend, you can help each other by asking questions and practicing your answers.
- If studying is making you anxious or stressed out, talk to someone about it and reach out for support.
- Stay hydrated!
DAY OF EXAM
- Follow your normal morning routine, don’t forget to eat breakfast and drink a glass of water.
- Read the exam questions carefully before writing down your answers.
- If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, try slowing down your breathing. Breathe in for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, repeat. Breathing can short-circuit the stress chemicals!
- Another thing you can do if you’re feeling stressed is practice mindfulness techniques:
1. Pause what you are doing for a moment and take two deep breaths to help bring you into the present moment.
2. Look around you, and silently name three things that you see in your immediate vicinity.
3. Now opening to the sounds around you, silently name three things that you can hear right now.
4. Bringing your attention to your body, silently name three sensations that you can feel in this moment (maybe warmth, tingling, contraction, coolness.)
5. Bringing your attention to smell and taste, what do you notice in your immediate awareness when you bring your attention to these senses?
5. Take two breaths to finish this mindfulness exercise.
Good luck from the Central Grampians LLEN team, we believe in you, you can do this!