As mid-term exams approach, and as pressure-packed mid-terms become a distant memory, it is time to start thinking about how you can deal with the added stress of exam stress. If you’re like most students, the stress of exams is already being felt by you; in fact, most students feel more anxiety about exams than they feel about the class itself. But whilst studying for exams is a big part of the exam process, there are some ways to alleviate pressure. Stress management techniques can help you to get through the exam period more calmly, with less effort. So here are four ways to manage exam stress so that you are able to pass your exams:
Reduce your load through careful planning. One way to manage your stress is to make sure that you plan your sentences in advance. Rather than worry about where you are going to end the next sentence, try and write in a bullet point list. Use words such as’Topic’, ‘Solution’ and’Result’ when writing out your sentences to ensure that you limit your writing to the best possible keywords and shortest possible sentences.
Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Whilst caffeine and alcohol can certainly have their place in our lives, excessive consumption can cause fatigue, headaches, anxiety and increased test-taking all of which can greatly contribute to our nervousness and make it harder to cope up with exam stress. It is also important to limit the amount of food and drink that you consume within four hours before and during exams. Try sticking to a healthy lifestyle such as eating plenty of healthy foods, drinking plenty of water and not overusing your caffeine and alcohol.
Use language that makes you feel relaxed. In order to effectively manage stress, it can often be useful to reduce your level of stress by changing the way in which you communicate yourself. Try and avoid long, drawn out and unnecessarily complicated sentences as these can build up more pressure and make it harder for you to relax. Instead, use words that make you feel relaxed such as “I feel relaxed” or “It feels like fun”. Also try and avoid using complex sentences but instead use shorter phrases which make you sound more confident.
Use positive statements. Using positive statements can help you to create the necessary state of mind and also help you to reduce your stress levels. Try and make the statement as short as possible and focus on the benefits that the statement will bring to you. For example if you are facing an exam, instead of saying “I can’t afford it” try and say “I can afford it if I work extra hard”. By using the positive statement instead of “I can’t afford it” you will make it clear to the reader that you are trying to work hard and that you are confident that you can achieve your goals.
Use a coping mechanism. Use one of the four ways to cope with your stress in order to reduce your symptoms. This could be anything from taking a walk to listening to some of your favourite music to eating a snack.