How to Beat Exam Stress

May 2, 2016 | More Tips

YogaEvery student will experience exam stress, it’s an unavoidable part of student life. You can choose to let it be your downfall, or use it to drive you to improve your work. We have put together a few tips and tricks to help you pause, reflect, and choose a path that will help you overcome the worry:

Take a Quick Walk – Research has proven that small amounts of exercise can boost your memory and brain power. The image below shows the results of a study conducted by Dr. Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois. It clearly demonstrates that even a brisk walk can have an impact on your brain’s activity. Imagine how this could improve your exam performance!


Organize a Study Plan– There are multiple benefits to creating a personal study plan. Set goals or tasks that are achievable and realistic. The more you complete successfully, the more you will be motivated to continue.

Get Enough Sleep– Sleep allows for your brain to catalog new knowledge into your long-term memory so you are able to recall it quickly on test day.

Grab Some Dark Chocolate– We know what you’re thinking, and yes we are encouraging the consumption of chocolate! Eating dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa fights the stress hormone called cortisol, and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter, plus you can satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

Put down Distractions– We all check our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter more than a few times a day. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of school, but remember to keep your goal in mind. Make it a priority to put your phone away when you’re studying. Trust us when we tell you it will pay off.

Exams are a crucial part of college life, and their grade is a big piece of your chances to pass the class. We know they are a major source of stress for students, but you feel as though your stress is more than normal, please contact our student counseling center for assistance.


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