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Tips for Managing Exam Stress and Anxiety


As exam season draws near, everyone is gearing up for the challenges ahead. However, with the pressure mounting, it's essential to know how to handle feelings of stress and anxiety. That's why we've compiled a set of practical tips to help you navigate the exam period with confidence and composure. 

First and foremost, create a conducive workspace. Ensure you have enough space and comfort to ease the stress of studying. A well-lit room can boost your mood, while removing distractions can enhance focus. And if the pressure starts to mount, take a break to reorganise your study area – a tidy desk can work wonders for your mindset. 

Remember, exams are just one part of your journey and don't define your worth. Employers value attitude and transferable skills as much as grades, so keep things in perspective. 

For those prone to feeling overwhelmed, consider creating a "calm kit." Fill it with items that bring you comfort and relaxation, like cherished memories, soothing teas, or inspirational quotes. Having these essentials on hand can provide a welcome respite during stressful moments. 

As the big day approaches, heed advice from researchers to stay calm and focused. Avoid caffeine, opt for a light meal, and dress comfortably to minimise distractions. And if nerves start to fray, don't hesitate to take a pause – close your eyes, breathe deeply, and regroup. 

But perhaps most importantly, don't go it alone. Reach out to a trusted friend or counsellor who can lend a sympathetic ear. Talking through your concerns can help alleviate stress and provide much-needed support. 

If you're struggling to cope, remember there are resources available. Whether it's seeking guidance from campus welfare teams, scheduling a chat with your tutor, or attending revision sessions, help is within reach. 

When planning your study schedule, prioritise self-care. Take regular breaks, incorporate light exercise, and make time for relaxation. And as bedtime approaches, unwind with activities like reading or a soothing bath to ensure a restful night's sleep. 

Finally, remember there's no one-size-fits-all approach to exam prep. Experiment with different techniques to find what works best for you. And above all, take care of your well-being – because a healthy mind is key to exam success. 

The Welfare Team at Weston College are here to offer 1:1 support, advice, guidance and information. If you have any concerns, you can see more information by visiting our Welfare page where you can also contact them personally. 

Additionally, you can visit our Student Wellbeing SharePoint Site, a central platform that provides helpful tools to support mental health and well-being. 

So, as you embark on your exam journey, remember these tips to manage stress and overwhelm. With the right mindset and support system, you've got everything you need to excel. Good luck! 

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