How to handle the pressure of studying during exam time.
Dealing with stress, on the other hand, can be tough at times (especially around test season). And, with a 20-50 percent annual increase in university students seeking care for mental health concerns related to their education, it’s evident that we’re under more stress than ever before. So, to assist you get through the hectic exam period, here are seven recommendations.
Remember to take deep breaths.
Setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness techniques such as breathing exercises or UCL’s 10 Minute Mind can help you calm down your body’s stress response and return your focus to the present moment. As a result, you will have more time to objectively think through your fears, break free from detrimental thought patterns, and prepare for a large number of tests and begin more effective revision.
Eat healthy, sleep well, and exercise often.
Pulling all-nighters, surviving on a poor diet, and getting little activity into your day can all exacerbate anxiety symptoms. Make sure you receive 8/9 hours of sleep, adequate slow-release carbs, less caffeine and more water, and at least half an hour of exercise per day to help your body work at its best.
Set attainable objectives.
Setting realistic goals will help you put things in perspective, whether you have a few weeks, days, or hours until your exam. Accepting your situation and working within the constraints of what you have allows you to maximise your productivity without risking burnout.
It’s not a good idea to go it alone.
A study published in the journal Linguistics and Education in 2004 found that revising with peers is a successful study approach because it allows people to better internalise their own notes. Furthermore, one of the emotional benefits of social support is a greater sense of self-assurance and autonomy.
Pace yourself as you go through the panic.
Anxiety is common among university students before, during, and after tests. If you find yourself in this situation, take six deep breaths, hydrate yourself, and then return to the subject at hand, breaking it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Remember that every difficulty usually has a sensible answer, even if you can’t see it at first.
Have faith in yourself.
We frequently forget to look back and see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve already accomplished when we’re continuously faced with new obstacles. There should be no cause for you to be concerned if you have properly prepared. As a result, whenever you have a negative idea, strive to replace it with something positive. Instead of thinking, “If I don’t get at least a 2:1, I’ll be a failure,” consider, “Whatever I get, I’ll be proud of myself and cherish how much I’ve already accomplished.” You’ve got this!
Reach out to someone if you’re experiencing problems.
Getting help is never an embarrassment. In the most desperate of circumstances, it has the capacity to save a life. Tell your friends, family, or personal tutor how you’re feeling when you’re having problems. Don’t be scared to ask for help from an expert.