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How To Dominate Exam Stress With 6 Easy Steps

Submitted by solomon on Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:22
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Exam stress is a huge topic over the world, but surprisingly we, students and even teachers do not really know how to deal with exam stress. Exam stress could be dealt with if you follow these simple steps. So say goodbye to your exam stress already!

What is exam stress?

Simply, exam stress is when you start to believe that you cannot cope with the revision and receive pressure from your family or school. You could come across exam stress once you have to revise for your GCSE’s and just feel like you have so much revision to do, and eventually crash.


Yes! I know, you might believe that meditation is too long. But let’s be honest, it calms you down. I personally have used this method to calm me down for an upcoming test. You just have to think in a positive way and don’t think that you’re going to fail. Even if you do not receive the grades or results that you wanted, you can always redo them. You must remember that your GCSE levels are a starting point and don't determine your intelligence.


We, the young generation, are always on our phones. We do not notice the nature outside. Another way you could overcome exam stress is by taking part in sport. Sport would most likely take your mind off the upcoming test. However, if you’re not active like me, you could also take part in chess. Chess might not be considered as a sport in the UK but it still could help you think more and expand your imagination, and entertain you at the same time. 

Believe in yourself

Believing in yourself is one of the biggest lessons that I was taught when I was young. If you want to become a footballer, go for it. There’s a footballer named Adrian Mariappa, who wore the same blazer as me and sat on the same seats that I sat on. But what made him successful? Be believed in himself! He fell many times but stood up right after. If you do not have faith in yourself, I advise you to start developing faith in yourself. Bill Gates dropped out of school and failed some of his tests, while his friend was way smarter than him and passed them all. Bill Gates goes on like this: “I failed some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all, now he’s an engineer in Microsoft, but I am the owner of Microsoft”. You can see how by believing in yourself, you can succeed in life. 

Create a study routine 

We might revise or complete our homework when we like to do so. But, if we created a study routine, we would find it easier and be more organised, instead of leaving revision to the last day or even for the morning the exam is on.  In this way, you save more time in the end, rather than wasting time. With a little bit of effort put into this, it could make you more productive and motivated each day. This could also grant you the power to control your goals which is quite helpful.

Take a walk

Taking a walk could dramatically boost your brain activity.  The fresh air outside could have a positive impact on you as you refresh yourself from a hard day of work. After a walk, should revise or do something academic as your brain would be more active than before. 

By Mustafa