Coping with Exam Stress

Exam season is approaching, and I know I’m not the only one who is starting to feel the stress. It’s a difficult time but we all need to make sure that we take care of ourselves in all aspects.

Getting Help

Asking for help was something that I could never do, and it would lead to me sitting at home stressing out. If you’re struggling to manage your time, revise certain subjects or just revision in general, ask for help! Your teachers are there for a reason, and it’s to teach you the content and how to apply it, as well as providing you with support.


Developing a study schedule can prevent you from procrastinating, and lead to you studying more efficiently. It’ll act as a guideline for what to study, and when to study it. I previously wrote a blog post on developing a study schedule here. Just don’t leave revision until last minute guys, the earlier you start the easier it’s going to be to remember the content. It’ll leave you with more time to do actual exam prep such as past papers and practice questions.

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You Time

Exams are overwhelming and sometimes you can be sitting at your desk for hours, and that isn’t healthy for anyone. Take some time out, read a book, go for a walk, workout, get some snacks, have a nap, whatever suits you. Make sure that you have some time to just completely forget about exams and revision, your brain needs a break too.


Sleep is extremely important, your brain needs it to retain the information. Try to establish a routine where you disconnect yourself from everything study related, and even technology, an hour before bed so you can unwind. Don’t stay up late cramming and don’t sleep in too late.

Eating and Drinking

What you eat and drink can have an impact on your mood, and affect your energy levels. Try to consume healthier foods, and drink lots of water! It’ll make you feel so much better.


Set yourself realistic goals to work towards, whether that be passing certain exams or getting into university. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and remember that there are always other options available. Always have a back up plan!


On the whole, exams aren’t the most important thing in the world. Passing them can provide us with so many amazing opportunities that we may not get without them, but they are not worth the stress. There’s always the chance to resit, and there’s usually another way you can get to where you want to be. Remember that your results do not define who you are as a person.

Good luck guys,




If you really are struggling and need someone to talk to please feel free to DM me on my Instagram (@zoestudies)

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