Avoid stress and find balance prior to your exams
Preparing for an exam can be mentally challenging, as you might experience high levels of stress and anxiety which can affect your well-being. Morgan, Elisabeth and Matilda at the Student Healthcare Centre regularly meet students with these challenges and share some advice on how to handle these emotions and make preparations to ensure a good performance.
1. Are there any general advice on how to prepare for an exam to avoid stress?
Morgan: “First of all, take time to plan your exam studies. Make a plan including not only when to study, but also when and what to eat, when to meet with friends, when to take time for physical activities and when to just relax. Finding a good balance is key to ensure your body and mind get enough energy to perform well. Many students we meet, study very long hours during the last days before the exam, and are exhausted when the exam takes place. If you instead split up the studies into shorter sessions and make sure to reward yourself with fun activities in between, you will most likely perform better. Another good tip is to perhaps take a lunch break or a walk outside with a friend in between your study sessions, as discussing what you have read about makes your brain processing the information better.”
2. What is the difference of positive and negative stress?
Elisabeth: “A certain level of stress is positive for our performances. When on normal levels, the stress makes sure we stay sharp and energetic and will help us keeping our focus. However, when the stress levels are too high, it effects our well-being in negative ways. Some of the signs of negative stress is sleeping problems, difficulties with concentration and a racing heart rate. You can always contact us at the Student Healthcare Centre if you need someone to talk to regarding your health.”
3. How can a positive mindset make you perform better?
Matilda: “A positive mindset is important in order to feel less pressure in a stressful situation. If you tell yourself that you WANT to study (instead of NEED to) because it will lead to a good grade that enables you to reach your career goals, you create a positive association to studying. This is applicable to anything in life. Try to replace the sentence “I MUST do this.” to “I WANT to do this.” and feel the difference.”
4. How do I get in touch with the Student Healthcare Centre if I need support prior to my exam?
Elisabeth: “We have collected all information about the Student Healthcare Centre and the services we offer, here at the student web. On our page you can easily fill out a form if you want to book an appointment with us. You can also send an email to email@example.com. You are always welcome to get in touch with us if you need someone to talk to!”
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