Exam pressure is something we can all relate to. Fortunately, we’re not alone when it comes to coping with study stress. During these intensive two weeks, your fellow students and staff members can help. We asked your Student Representative Council representatives for their tips on how to cope with stress while preparing for and undertaking exams:
‘Your brain processes and integrates information while you’re sleeping—make certain you’re getting enough. A tired brain is not an effective brain.’
‘Draw as many pictures as you can and use mind-maps with multiple colours. Put the learning outcome in the centre then draw branches off it with each related concept. Tables are (also) your best friend for organising information. Focus on differences and similarities for concepts and medications.’
‘Take a break!!! If something isn’t working out, leave it, come back to it and look at it from another perspective.’
‘Listen to lectures and podcasts while you walk. Or go for a walk and try to recall everything you can about the subject matter and then check what you missed when you get back and revise.’
‘It’s important to look after yourself while studying. Take frequent short breaks, and make sure you’re drinking enough water!’
Lana (Business/Government & International Relations)
‘Being well rested and healthy is productive. Believe in your ability; clearer healthier minds tend to produce better outcomes.’
A common theme we can take from the experience of these students is that organising your study time, plus balancing your leisure time, equals a reduction in stress during exams.
We all feel stressed, but we all manage it differently. If you’re starting to feel stressed about exams, try reaching out to your peers and workshop some strategies that may work best for you. The Library has also put together helpful resources to help you prepare for exams during this high-pressure period.