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How To Deal With Exam Anxiety

Zoe Kramer May 27, 2023

Taking tests can be a stressful event for students. Especially at the university level, there can be quite a bit of pressure to do well on exams that make up a significant portion of the marks for that module. It can be frustrating, since the more stressed you are, the harder it is to perform well. While there is no single cure for exam anxiety, there are some methods you can apply to make the process go more smoothly and to ease your nerves. So, here is how to deal with exam anxiety.

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Make A Study Routine

Preparation can help you feel more at ease on exam day. Begin studying well in advance and incorporate study sessions into your routine, even if it’s only a few minutes at a time. Putting in the time to revise for exams will give you an extra boost of confidence when the day comes around and ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to give it your best shot.

Focus On Self Care

Remember that your wellbeing comes before your marks. In the lead-up to the exam, don’t spend too much time last minute studying. Instead, focus on eating full, balanced meals and getting a good night’s sleep. By meeting these needs as best you can, you will set yourself up to be in a good frame of mind.

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Practice Breathing Techniques

Ahead of and during the exam, focus on taking full, deep breaths. If you like, you can read up on breathing techniques ahead of time and try out different methods to see what works for you. Breathing fully can help keep you grounded and reassure your nervous system that there is no threat.

Read The Whole Exam First

It can be tempting to jump right into the first question once you get your exam, but instead take a few minutes to read through the entire test. Take note of any questions that look like they may take extra time to answer. This will allow you to pace yourself accordingly.

Take A Step Back

Finally, it’s a good idea to take a moment to look at the bigger picture. It can sometimes feel like an exam is everything, but remember that even if you don’t do well in the exam, or even the course as a whole, it’s not the end of the world. Exams can always be retaken, so just do the best you can.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.