Tips to Combat Exam Stress

Tips to Combat Exam Stress

Every student will experience exam stress. It’s an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack. Remember, stress exists for a reason and you can choose to use it to drive you to improve your work.

To combat exam stress, you need to understand the reasons behind this heightened level of anxiety. Then you can work on methods to reduce the pressures you feel. Some common explanations for exam stress are:

  • Low motivation levels
  • Lack of preparation and planning
  • High expectations from others
  • Competition from peers



Below are some ways that you can put the feelings of anxiety to one side and concentrate on your learning goals.

8 Ways to Help Combat Exam Stress


1. Listen to Music

Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer.

2. Take a Quick Walk

It is common to feel as if you should spend their entire time before exams with the books open and pen poised for action. However, exercising can boost your memory and brain power. So take a break and go for a walk!

3. Plan your Study Routine

This may not come as a big surprise but  do not discount the benefits on a study plan! With some initial effort, you can become more productive and motivated each day you approach your study by understanding your learning progress.

4. Try to Get Enough Sleep

The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleep.

5. Give Your Mind Space

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to take a break and see your stress from a different perspective. Practicing meditation and mindfulness is a way to maintain focus while improving both mental and physical health to reduce pre-exam stress.

6. Eating Dark Chocolate

Eating dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa fights the stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body.

7. Let it All Out

Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, other times you need to shout it from the rooftop or scream from the top of your lungs. Figure out what you’re feeling and then let it out. Speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress.

8. Break Free from Distractions

I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram, Email? It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and time-frame in mind will ease the process. We recommend using a focused study environment like Country Universities Centre Far West!