Coping with exam pressure

‌ It is perfectly natural to feel stressed about exams. The important thing is to do something about these worries and not bottle things up.  Talk to someone, this could be a member of the family, student counsellor, accommodation, another student or GP.

Take a look at some of the best mobile apps out there to help you relax here - Meditation Applications.

The Guardian newspaper have also developed a useful list of the best meditation apps.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/26/five-of-the-best-meditation-apps

Here are some other things you can do to help yourself to stay calm:

  • Find out as early as possible when and where your exams are
  • Plan your revision by making a time table
  • Find the place where you study the best
  • Learn to relax
Click here for a simple relaxation exercise

Take a moment to notice your breathing and allow it to slow and become regular. Begin with your toes and your feet and just become aware of any tension in the muscles in your body.

Allow that tension to drain away with every outward breath.

Work all the way up to the top of your head, paying particular attention to any areas where you feel tension in your muscles (often the lower back,between the shoulder blades and in the forehead and jaw).

Think of warmth, heaviness and relaxation; notice your breathing and allow it to slow and become regular.

Begin with your toes and your feet and just become aware of any tension in the muscles in your body, and allow that tension to drain away with every outward breath.

Work all the way up to the top of your head, paying particular attention to any areas where you feel tension in your muscles (often the lower back, between the shoulder blades and in the forehead and jaw).

Think of warmth, heaviness and relaxation. You can do this for as long as you please, 10-15 minutes is usually enough to fully refresh you.

Have a good stretch when you open your eyes.

Click here for a simple breathing exercise

Stress Facts

  • A certain amount of stress is healthy and helps us to perform at our peak performance so it can be helpful to think of your anxiety as “just enough adrenaline running through my body to help me to perform at my best”.
  • Fear of the unknown is a contributory factor in exam nerves, so it’s helpful to prepare yourself as much as possible.
  • Attend any seminars which are provided specifically about your exam, or about revision
  • If possible, have a look at the room the exam will take place in, before your exam.

Visualise a Positive Outcome

If we see a positive outcome for ourselves it is much more likely to happen.
Visualise yourself receiving your results having done well, see yourself and your family at your graduation ceremony.  Enjoy the image..  Finally, keep it in perspective – exam success is not a personal reflection of you as a person.

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