Braemar College – 10 Tips to Manage Exam Stress

1.  Make a study timetable that also allows enough time for sleep, relaxation and exercise.

2.  Try to fit this timetable around your normal routine and include regular breaks.

3.  Avoid procrastination where you keep putting things off – set realistic goals for each study session and stick to them.

4.  Limit stimulants like coffee, V etc. They can make you feel sick and affect your ability to concentrate, and alter your sleep patterns.

5.  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – base your expectations on past performance and doing the best you can do.

6.  Try to shut out external pressures. This is your exam and you’re the one in control.

7.  Put the exams in perspective. Exams are not a measure of whether you are a good or bad person, a success or a failure. All they measure is how well you can present the material asked for on the day.

8.  Look after yourself. Eat healthily and get a good night’s sleep.

9.  Ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to family members, a teacher or counsellor.

10.  Allow yourself ‘quiet’ time to relax and rejuvenate.

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