It is perfectly normal to feel stressed in the lead up to or during an exam. This can actually be of benefit as it motivates you, helps you complete tasks more efficiently and boosts your memory.
Unsurprisingly, revision and being prepared for your exams is the best way to reduce anxiety. There are lots of revision tips available online; take a look at the resources and links provided on this page.
If you become too stressed, you may have a panic attack - a severe experience of acute anxiety. It comes unexpectedly and can be very scary. You may think you are going mad or having a heart attack.
Despite how it feels, panic attacks are not actually harmful. If this happens during an exam, take five minutes to calm yourself.
Try some of the following quick exercises:
Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.
Mindfulness can help you focus and stay present in the moment while studying.
You may find our mindfulness videos helpful:
Self-help podcasts and apps
The Mental Health Foundation has several podcasts that can help you relax.
Workshops and groups
If you're struggling with exam stress you might find it helpful to attend one of the following workshops:
- Introduction to mindfulness
- Pushing through perfectionism
- Stress control
- Using anxiety as a positive
See our Workshops and groups page for other workshops that may help with your wellbeing.