Exam Stress: The Final Push

By November 13, 2014Stress

How are you coping? No doubt exams have taken their toll on you physically and mentally, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel – you’re nearly there! It’s time for the final push! Here are some tips to get you over the final hurdle.

Keep a positive attitude:

You’re probably getting tired of hearing this, but it’s critical, especially as you’re nearing the end of your exams. By this point, you’ve felt both relieved and agitated about the exams that you either breezed or found insanely difficult – don’t dwell on negatives, it will only make you feel worse. This is the time to believe in yourself – tell yourself this! Focus on what lies ahead and finish off strong!

Eat smart:

Make sure that you are eating the right amounts and types of food. Don’t eat three large meals every day, rather eat five smaller, healthy snacks every 3-4 hours. This will keep your energy levels up and reduce the temptation to fill your body with double cheese and bacon burgers and fries from your local fast food joint, topped off with chocolate for dessert. It may all taste great, but it won’t give you the quality nutrients that you need, and will make your brain feel dull and tired.

Your stress-busting check list

  • Make sure you have enough sleep (we recommend 8 hours)
  • Eat healthy, energy-packed meals.
  • Manage your study time: Draw up a study schedule and stick to it and always set more time aside for the subjects that you find difficult.
  • Stay for the whole exam-time, and use the extra time to check your answers.
  • Try not to cram in the last few hours before the exam. Do something that you know will help you relax; you can also take deep breaths to calm your nerves.
  • When you receive your question paper, stay calm by taking deep breaths and telling yourself that you’ve put in the study hours – and read all the instructions carefully before you start writing.
  • Don’t start at the top of the paper – go to the questions you feel most comfortable with, and answer them first. This will boost your confidence levels and give you the courage to attempt the more difficult questions.
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Hello Doctor is here to help you. We’ve put together expert tips to help you manage any stress and/or anxiety you may have. To get these tips, simply visit our Health Tips page and choose the ANXIOUS module.

We wish you the best of luck for the rest of your exams!

Kyle Boshoff for HelloDoctor.com