How to Deal with Exam Stress

student roomWe love The Student Room (the United Kingdom’s largest online student community) website.

They have a cool wiki project with students posting tips and advice on a variety of subjects—everything from anthropology to veterinary medicine. The wiki project just launched, and were excited to already see students submitting helpful content.

Anyway, they have a great collection of tips on how to deal with test stress.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • If your mind goes blank, don’t panic. If you worry and panic, it will make it harder to recall the information. Focus on some deep breathing for a few minutes. The information is there, you just have to get to it. If after relaxing for a few minutes, you still can’t remember the answer, move onto the next question and come back to this one later.
  • Don’t try to be perfect. We all want the best possible grades that we can get, but sometimes it just doesn’t work like that. If you think that ‘anything less than an A means I’ve failed’, then you are just creating unnecessary mountains of stress for yourself. Try to do your best, but remember that we can’t be perfect all the time.
  • The night before your exam, make sure you have a relaxing evening, doing as little revision as possible. Get a good night’s sleep, and try your best not to worry; you have already done all your revision anyway! On the day, make sure you have plenty of time to get ready, have a good breakfast and arrive at college or school in plenty of time.

Check out the rest of the test taking strategies to reduce stress.


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2 Responses to “How to Deal with Exam Stress”

  1. i always struggle with exam stress… even when its a tiny little test :(
    I’ve got to this stage and i’m thinking i really can’t do all this revision in a week =[
    i feel really upset and am really edgy and cry at the simplest of things…
    :( i need help? anyone?

    chazz x

  2. Well ! I have many experiences in both oral and written exams.At university , I go to pass my exam listening to Music as if I’m having no exam.That may sound odd to you but this is how I deal with any exam.I consider an exam as something normal without any stress as long as I have faith in God Allah, and that I’m not going to die in the classroom.All what I need is to be self-confident about my capacity to answer the questions.Sometimes I don’t revise my lessons and I go to the exam without any will not believe.Just believe.why ? it’s beacause I have the ability to express myslef and play with words correctly.For axample.If they ask you where does Morocco exist ? well , all you can do to answer this question is to look at the map in your mind and then answer the question word by word untill you’ll find yourself finished a small coherent paragraph;however, you must not answer your question making spelling mistakes and without any linking word.You must be intelligent in choosing words.
    Good luck
    abdelilah from Morocco