Exam skills: 6 tips for dealing with study stress

Preparing for and taking exams is for many, a stressful time. You can’t think straight
and are daunted by the amount you have to learn. But things are probably not as bad
as they seem… take a deep breath and listen to our suggestions for dealing with exam stress…. Firstly, think about what exactly is stressing
you out? It might be just one thing that you can put right – maybe it’s just vocabulary
that’s worrying you, so pay more attention to revising that. It could be just lack of
sleep that’s stopping you from concentrating. Next, learn to recognise when you’re getting
stressed. Take a break and talk to someone who will understand your situation – a friend,
teacher or maybe your parents. Talking to someone is a great way to help you see straight. Although working with fellow students has
its benefits, don’t compare your abilities with theirs. Everyone learns in different
ways and at different speeds. If you’re sure you’ve got the right revision strategy then
you’ll be ok. If not, get advice. And when you’ve been stuck behind your desk,
stressing out, go and do some exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical
activity, so make it part of your studying timetable. Fresh air will clear your head
and perk you up. And be honest with yourself. Are you setting
yourself difficult goals? Be realistic – how much more revising can you do, how much more
can you remember? If you’re happy you’ve worked hard enough and you’ve done your best, then
don’t be hard on yourself. Once you’re in the exam, keep calm, getting into a panic
will not help you think straight. Also, you need to look after yourself. By
avoiding drinking coffee or smoking, and drinking lots of water, you will feel better. Eat slow-release
foods like bread, rice, pasta, fruit and veg – and above all sleep well – this will
help you rest and recharge your brain. Finally, let’s hear from examiner Mark Shea about stress
sometimes being a good thing… Mark Shea, examiner
Everybody feels stress, adrenalin can help you. You will pass if you’ve done the work.
And if you don’t pass, it’s not the end of the world. Rob
So a little bit of stress can motivate us to get on with our work but there is life
after exams. Things might seem intense for a while, but it won’t last forever. Good luck!

11 thoughts on “Exam skills: 6 tips for dealing with study stress

  1. this video is so good for me, and help me in English , i have learning English in 5years but my skills E is so bad. When I write these words, I think that I may miss out a lot on vocabulary as well as grammar, but I still decide to write it and translate it through google :))

  2. Be realistic helps me the most. There are days you just tell yourself that "I have to finish this whole chapter!" But that's just not realistic and make you stress while seeing you haven't made enough progress and start to worry.

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