Looking after yourself during exams

When you’re in the midst of exam preparation, remembering to eat a good meal, exercise and relax may not be at the top of your to do list. In reality, they’re not only essential to your success, but most importantly, your health and wellbeing.

Our Counselling and Wellbeing team offer a series of Life Tools talks, giving you advice in a number of areas, such as getting a good night’s sleep or managing academic pressure. They also have useful leaflets on a range of exam-related issues that we’re all familiar with, from dealing with procrastination to managing anxiety.

Don’t be afraid to seek support

Whilst your friend may look completely calm about exams, on the inside they could be just as stressed as you! That’s why the University puts a lot of support in place to make sure you are happy and relaxed at this potentially anxious time. RUSU have a great general exams advice page, the chaplaincy can offer a supportive environment, and your Student Support Coordinators are on hand to offer guidance and support. And remember your personal tutor will be able to offer you advice about exams.

Here are a few more things to remember during exams…

Be mindful

Mindfulness means being aware of yourself, your surroundings, and experiencing the moment. Counselling and Wellbeing have a blog which explains this topic in more detail. Being mindful can make you happier, healthier and less anxious.

Exercise

Practise mindfulness with some yoga! The SportsPark offers a variety of different classes. If you’re looking for something a bit more energetic, there’s also aerobics, spin, gym facilities, or even Zumba – great for boosting your mood too! If you’re not a fan of the gym, going for a walk around campus is a great way to recharge both physically and mentally.

Eat well

Whilst a late night takeaway may feel like the perfect way to top off a day of revision, it probably won’t feel great in the long run. Find out more about eating healthily during the exam season. The BBC Good Food website also has some excellent tips on keeping calm, collected and well-nourished during exams. If you’re revising on campus, remember there are lots of healthy snacks around to help keep you going – from Dol.cHe Vita’s cereal pots to Eat at the Square’s build your own salad.

Manage your time

Planning ahead is key to reducing your levels of stress during exams. Get out the colouring pens and make your own revision schedule – and remember to plan in a few breaks along the way! The Study Advice service has some fantastic tips on managing your time.