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Managing exam stress

Whakahaere whakamātautau

18 August 2023

Exam season can be stressful. Everyone experiences stress differently. For some students revising comes naturally, for others it results in sweaty palms and a racing heart. Learn how to manage exam stress.

Tips to help you perform to your best throughout exam season:


  • Set aside time for breaks: All study schedules should allocate some time for a break. Whether it be a 10 minute break every hour scrolling your phone or talking to a friend. Spending time away from your laptop and books can refresh your mind and leave you feeling relaxed for your next session of study.
  • Try not to compare yourself to others. As someone once said, ‘comparison is the thief of joy’. Everyone is different and everyone studies differently. 
  • If you become stressed enough that it is affecting parts of your daily life, it can be helpful to speak to someone about it. The university has support services which are free to access and the is another great free resource to help manage exams and stress.

Study Areas:

Variety is important when it comes to studying, especially in terms of where you study. Sittin g on the same floor in the same spot of the library can become slightly monotenous after a while. Here are some other great places to study around campus.

  • Rehua Building, for non-silent study, especially levels 4 and 5.
  • Ernest Rutherford, for non-silent study. There are booth seats which are comfortable and great for group study.
  • Engineering Core, is open 24/7 and is a non-silent study zone with booth seats, vending machines and computer access for engineers
  • Macmillian Brown Library, there are group study zones and discussion room. The Macmillan Brown Library has one discussion room available on Level 2. Discussion rooms can be booked onlinefor group work and discussion.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences library, has 6 discussion rooms available on levels 1 and 2. Four of these have LCD screens and laptop connections. Discussion rooms can be booked online for group work and discussion. 

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