It’s natural to feel anxiety and tension around exam time. A healthy degree of these emotions can help you maintain focus, but if you feel it’s affecting you physically, emotionally or cognitively then it’s important you take steps to manage it. 

Eat well   

While caffeine and sugar can seem attractive in terms of providing you with an energy boost, this approach is only short-term. The right brain food can have a powerful, long-lasting effect on mental performance, including memorisation and brain health. The good news? This includes dark chocolate.  

Check out Griffith SRC’s Student Cookbook for a range of nutritious tips and recipes.   

Prioritise quality sleep   

Research shows that the right amount of sleep can play an important role in our focus, motivation, learning and memory. If your body and brain are well-rested, you can make the best use of your study time.  

Ease the transition from wake time to sleep time by leaving space in your schedule to unwind before bed, and once you’re in bed, don’t watch the clock. 

Reward yourself   

Write down realistic, achievable study goals and give yourself rewards along the way. Be kind to yourself and recognise the steady progress you’re making. If you find yourself off-track and procrastinating, revisit your goals.  

Reach out   

If you feel like you’re struggling with your studies or your wellbeing, Griffith has resources and services available to help you.   

For support with your mental or physical wellbeing, check out the Online Health and Wellness Centre.   

If you’re unable to sit an exam due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances, visit the Assessment applications web page for information on deferring assessments or exams, special consideration and alternate exam sittings.   

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Browse these great info sheets and resources to learn more about looking after yourself.