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7 Ways to Manage Examination Stress


Examinations are integral aspect of academics that assesses a learner’s knowledge in a course of study. Studies have shown that exams are not effective process to test a student’s knowledge. Unfortunately, exams are still utilised as yardstick to ascertain a student’s final grade.

Most students dread exam periods as it heightens stress and anxiety in them. In times like this, students may pull an all-nighter or do unlimited days in the library. This might have an advantage of helping them retain information but may likely lead to a burnout.

Do you have an upcoming exam? Does exam stress gets at you? Does it frequently affects your grade?

Here are handy tips to help you relieve stress during exam periods. We bet you, you’ll not only be less stressed but achieve better results with these tips.

  1. Create a schedule and stick to it

Creating a schedule helps to alleviate stress as there’s time for studying, resting and relaxing. It enables you to be at your best. Prepare a study plan and goals that will be easier to follow.

Take regular breaks and schedule in fun things to do. Having a balanced routine makes you feel more refreshed and relaxed the next time you want to study.

  1. Exercise

Based on research carried out by American Psychological Association, exercise is said to relieve stress. Having an exercise routine will help calm your nerves and release endorphins that will keep you energised and motivated.

A study session after a walk is more likely to be fruitful than an all-nighter.

  1. Get enough sleep

The importance of sleep cannot be underestimated. Research shows that inadequate sleep leads to an increase in stress levels. If you’ve been having distorted sleeping patterns, it’s essential you get enough sleep in this exam season as it helps your brain retain new knowledge.

A good night sleep lessens stress and aid concentration.

  1. Listening to music

Music has a calming effect on the brain as it helps ease exam stress. Listening to music slows our pulse, lowers our blood pressure thereby reducing our levels of stress hormones.

While we can’t exclude the fact that listening to music can distract students when studying, classical music and instrumental tracks are your best option as they stimulate the brain without distraction. Add some classical music to your playlist and tune out exam stress.

  1. Use positive affirmations

Motivational quotes and positive affirmations have relaxing effect on the mind. Study have shown that positive affirmations can help reduce exam stress by reducing adrenalin levels. Next time you feel an increase in stress levels, try some of these positive affirmations:

  • I’m going to excel in this exam.
  • I’m getting better at taking exams.
  • I enjoy studying.
  1. Create a good study space

It’s important to build a healthy and comfortable study space. Ensure that your study area is illuminated, well ventilated, has comfortable seating arrangement and close to essentials needed for successful studying.

Also make sure your study space is uncluttered as a cluttered desk decreases concentration, overloads your brain and prevents you from thinking right.

  1. Apply relaxation techniques

Eliminate exam stress by practising breathing exercises or meditation. Breathing exercises help calm your nerves and increase focus and concentration.

Studies have demonstrated that deep breathing reduces stress levels. Are you anxious about your exams? All you need is take a few deep breaths, ignore negative thoughts and believe in yourself!

There you have it – seven ways to deal with exam stress.

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