When you’re in a University, even that annoying pop-up quiz that the professor gave once when you were absent could do well to drop your grade by a few points (thanks to hard luck). Welcome to the world of zero excuses, zero absences, and no second chances. That’s life. That’s the University! Thinking about a student’s situation like this, I can well imagine the amount of stress and pressure before a university-level exam. The last thing you want to do is fail or drop a course and waste a full-fledged six months of study as well as the parent’s hard-earned money.

To ensure these not to happen while your exam is up & going, you must be well-focused & stress-free. Stress chews not just your grades but your physical & mental health too. To avoid such loss during an exam, you should try my tips on how to relieve exam stress:

Prepare, Prepare

The best way to naturally reduce the amount of stress experienced before an exam is simply by preparing for it. The formula is simple: You prepare well for an exam and you know you’re ready for it, and you worry less. You procrastinate, don’t prepare well, and do “last minute preps” you know you’re in trouble and have to experience a lot of stress.

Generally, the students who know they have studied both hard and smart seem to be the most relaxed as compared to their peers. The contrary could be said for students who haven’t prepared well at all.

Also read: Examination Strategies: Tips & Tricks

Discuss it with someone


Your fellow students could also improve your stress levels when they share information they know and ask for your own interpretations of the lesson. A peer and your own mutual feelings of stress could also reduce your anxiety by giving you the “I’m not the only one” feeling.

If you think that talking to a peer might do the opposite, then you can speak to a friend or a family member who doesn’t know anything about the exam. They could relieve your stress by offering encouraging words and telling you not to worry too much.



Sleep well

relieve stress

One of the biggest mistakes students make is cramming for their exam in the last few hours and cutting back on sleep. This leads to added stress levels because of the “fuzzy-head” effect you get from lack of sleep. It’s best to study for your exam a day or two before (or more) in advance and make sure you have had an adequate sleep before the exam day. Adequate sleep ensures proper brain functioning (which is obviously very important while taking an exam).Avoid Stimulants: Trying to use stimulants before or on the exam day is a big mistake. Stimulants can contribute to increased stressed levels and anxiety by causing over-stimulation. They are best avoided right before an exam or the exam day (this includes alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine).


Also read: Top 10 ways to dominate your final exams


Avoid Stimulants

Trying to use stimulants before or on the exam day is a big mistake. Stimulants can contribute to increased stressed levels and anxiety by causing over-stimulation. They are best avoided right before an exam or the exam day (this includes alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine).

Also, junk food and sugary sweets should be avoided to keep energy, blood, and sugar levels steady.

Drink (a lot of) Water

Staying hydrated has many wonders. Above all other drinks such as soda, juice, or tea, water is the best. As mentioned earlier, soda, juice, and tea can disrupt energy levels and tea or coffee can cause over-stimulation. It is best to stick will plenty of water before and during the exam.

Also read: How students’ brains like to be treated during an A-level exam revision


Be positive

This one should be a no-brainer. Yet, many students, although well-prepared, may experience stress simply because of negative thinking. Fear of failure can also be the cause of failure at times. It is best to have positive thoughts, feelings, and behavior before the exam to stay motivated. Stress can block proper brain function which can lead to decreased thinking and processing ability during the exam. So, even if you know something, you will forget because the stress is clogging up your brain.

And also

Practice breathing techniques or guided imagery before an exam to allow yourself to sink into a perfectly peaceful state before you sit for the exam.

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