How to Beat Exam Stress

An independent study of 2000 college students by Stop Procrastinating found that 64% are worried that stress and anxiety is affecting performance which will result in lower grades than expected. As a student myself – and one who is in the very middle of taking my GCSE’s right now – I am no stranger to the stresses that exams can bring. It’s easy to say “don’t stress about exams” but it’s a lot harder to actually not stress about exams. They’re important and so, of course, it’s human nature that you will worry. The key is to optimise yourself to deal with this stress.

Relax

relaxMake sure that you aren’t revising non-stop. Evidence has shown that your brain finds it difficult to focus and retain information after 45 minutes, anyway, so try and kick-back and spend some time with your friends or listening to music or in front of the television before you continue to revise.

Listen to your favourite bands when you’re not studying and leave that concentration music to accompany your revision sessions.

Pretty Notes

Notes that are aesthetically pleasing are not only proven to help your brain retain information, but it gives revision a degree of fun. Using bright colours and diagrams are an easy way to memorise things whilst also taking pride in the way your notes looks which takes away the idea that note taking is a chore.

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Wearing Your Own Skin

Whether we like it or not, the majority of people live their lives to please others, rather than themselves. We are driven by people’s perceptions of us and are seldom content with what we look like and expressing the person we are.

What do they think about me? It’s a question I’ve asked myself thousands of times, and I’m sure you have also. The truth is, most of us do not want to know the answer because we are convinced it will not reassure us. The other part of us cannot resist the curiosity and we often find ourselves expressing this question aloud to others.

There was a time in the lives of every person who thinks of this question where they were not dictated by these thoughts. The likelihood of it is that we cannot, unfortunately, remember that time. In fact, we were young children and the fact that our self-esteem begins to deteriorate at all as we grow older is heartbreaking.

Often, these insecurities derive from peer pressure and social conformities. This, I’m convinced, is why there has been such a rise in the amount of teenagers suffering with insecurities concerning the person they are and, more often, the way they look. 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 to 25. And, despite popular belief, it’s not just women who experience such insecurities. In fact, a survey in the UK found that four out of five men confess to being unhappy about their body. Thirty-five percent of respondents admitted that they would trade a year of their life in order to achieve their ideal body weight or shape. Continue reading Wearing Your Own Skin