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How To Deal With Grades Stress

Zoe Kramer March 26, 2023

One of the biggest sources of stress in university can be our marks. The pressure to do well can be intense, and with the added factor of also learning to live independently at the same time, it can be quite an overwhelming time. Luckily, there are ways to ease this stress. When we lower our stress levels, it becomes much easier to evaluate what needs to be done, which makes it easier to perform better. So, here are some simple ways to deal with grades stress in uni.

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Put Yourself First

It can be difficult to prioritise your own needs, particularly if you have a deadline coming up. However, looking after yourself can help you think more clearly and be better equipped to handle the workload. Something as simple as a nutritious meal, a shower or some sleep can completely change your perspective and give you the energy you need to keep going.

Take A Break

Sometimes we want to just push through, even if we’re losing focus. However, taking breaks when studying is important, even when a deadline is fast approaching. Take a brisk walk, play a relaxing video game for a few minutes, or do anything else that can give you a breather. Then, you’ll be able to reset to do your work.

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Put Your Grades Stress In Perspective

It’s always good to remember that grades aren’t everything. There’s nothing wrong with striving to do your best, but also remember that you’re only human. The worst that can happen is that you have to repeat a module or the year, which isn’t the end of the world. After all, it’s not a race.

Reach Out

One of the best things you can do when you’re grades stressed is to reach out to friends. Talking about what is making you stressed can help it feel like a more manageable issue, and your friends have likely dealt with similar situations before, so they can give you advice. Or, if you’d rather not talk about your coursework, simply spending some time with others, relaxing and laughing together can help you feel better.

Do A Little At A Time

Finally, don’t let your coursework become a huge ominous cloud over your head. While there may be a lot to do, thinking of it that way will only make it harder. Instead, break it down into manageable pieces. That could mean reading a certain number of pages a day, or studying for a certain amount of time.

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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.