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University: Tips for overcoming exam stress


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Late library nights are looming, which means it is officially exam season. You and many other students may be feeling the pressure with pending deadlines and fitting your revision around your University timetable. It is normal to feel stressed, anxious and a little overwhelmed.

Here’s how you can overcome and manage exam stress, whilst avoiding burn out.

Create a schedule

  • Deconstruct your revision topics and create a list of when you will study each topic, what goals you want to hit and a timeframe for getting your revision done each day. Organisation is a key factor in splitting up your workload and being realistic about what it is you are going to achieve. You can create your own weekly planner or pick up a diary from your Students’ Union shop or Amazon to ensure you’re hitting all your deadlines.

Get enough sleep

  • Finding time to unwind and prioritising your sleep will ultimately make your study-sessions more productive. We understand student-life can sometimes get in the way of a good night’s sleep with a busy social life and University routine. Put your phone on do not disturb, pause the revision and get some much needed sleep. You will thank yourself later for doing so when you’re not in an exam hall mulling over the answers out of fatigue.

Take a break 

  • It is important to take a break from studying and do something that you enjoy. Whether that is getting some fresh air, seeing a friend or having a catch-up on socials – just taking that time away from revision to focus on you is the key to having a healthy balance between work and personal life. At DIGS, we have a monthly events calendar full of activities for you to get involved in and meet new people.

Fitting fitness alongside your studies

  • Staying active is a great way to improve your overall mood, exercise is known to be an effective stress-reliever and is also a positive way to release any negative energy. All of our student accommodation have a free onsite gym for students to use. Endorphins and real and you are bound to feel so much better getting away from your desk and hitting the treadmill and weights after a study session.

Believe in yourself

  • When you are feeling overwhelmed, just remember what you are working towards and envision your life as a graduate. It will all be worth it, just keep at it and have a little faith! Not only will it boost your self-esteem, it will put into perspective how momentary stress related anxieties can be during exam season.

For advice on how to manage your mental health at university, click here


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