Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Stress Management: Stress Relief Tips for Exam Stress (Part 1)

Prior to your exam you may be feeling nervous, and when it comes to sitting in the exam room you may be concerned about finding ways of managing exam stress. Use the stress relief tips and resources below to make sure you perform at your best.

Please refer to Stress Management: How to Overcome Exam Stress

The best way to stay relaxed before an exam:

1. Relax the night before. Leave studying and revising, if you want to do anything, stick to reviewing index cards or any other type of brief notes. Avoid doing anything that will make you feel panicky. Take a bath, watch a film or your favourite tv series, listen to calming music, anything that helps you relax.

2.Make sure you get enough sleep. It is recommended to sleep 7-8 hours per day. Try to get this amount of sleep before the exam. Ideally, you should have a regular time that you go to sleep and wake up prior to the exam itself.

3.Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink water. I am sure you have come across this advice before, but it really is vital to stay healthy before and during exams. You don’t have to abandon less healthy foods, but just make sure you keep a good intake of fresh food and maintain a balanced diet. Try to avoid coffee and caffeine in some fizzy drinks, instead try green teas or fruit teas.

4. Do some of the breathing and relaxation exercises linked to in Stress Management: Stress Relief Tips for Exam Stress (Part 2), the night before the exam, and during the exam.

5. Try to avoid talking to other students about the subject matter or how much you have revised just before the exam. Any nervousness and anxiousness from other students can unsettle and leave you feeling less calm. Asking other students how much revision they have done is not really necessary just before the exam, and likely to make you feel that you should have done more.

6. After the exam do not worry about how well you did or whether what you did was right. Talk about it briefly if you need to and then move onto your next exam. There is nothing you can do about the exam you have just completed.

Further Resources for Managing Exam Stress 

The fifth tip on the above link is not what I advised earlier, and my advice would be to avoid talking to other students too much. However, do what you feel most comfortable with and what suits your personality.

Good Luck!

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