Study for exams - but don't stress

18 October 2023

Exam time can be stressful. It's important to take good care of yourself during this time. We hope these simple tips and tricks help you keep on top of your revision and do as well as you can in your exams. Good luck as you study for exams!

Study for your exams, but don't stress

Exam time can be stressful, so it's important to put in extra effort to take good care of yourself. We hope these simple tips and tricks help you keep on top of your revision and do as well as you can in your exams. Good luck! 

  • Eat well while revising
  • Take care of your wellbeing
  • How to manage stress and anxiety
  • Tips to get exercising
  • Tips for a good night’s sleep
  • Self-care tips


7 top study tips from our UC community
  1. Organise your study space
    Check you have a comfortable chair, good lighting and a desk free of distraction.
  2. Use a study timetable
    Plan how much time you’ll spend studying for each exam.
  3. Figure out your study style
    If you’re a visual learner, then diagrams, mind maps, colour-coded notes and flashcards may be good learning tools for you.
    If you’re a verbal learner, try reading your notes out loud or record them and listen back, talk to others about what you’ve learnt, or use tools like acronymssongs or rhymes.
  4. Get a study group together
    Try studying with your friends now and then, and run some question and answer sessions.
  5. Go through your notes
    Concentrate when you read your notes – condense them into key bullets or underline/highlight key terms.
  6. Make the most of your resources
    Use past exam papers for practice – your teachers can help source examples of the type of questions typically asked and what is expected of you.
  7. Give yourself regular breaks.


Eat well while revising
  • Eat breakfast to start the day off right
  • Avoid skipping meals to ensure a steady supply of glucose/energy
  • Have healthy snacks between meals (eg: trail mix instead of chips or carrot sticks and hummus instead of lollies)
  • Eat fruit, as the natural sugars provide clean energy
  • Vegetables are also good – the darker the colour, the more nutrients they provide
  • Keep hydrated with water
  • See more food that’s good for you and healthy pre-exam eating


Take care of your wellbeing
  • Take regular breaks and schedule in fun things to do
  • Revise with a friend
  • Get outside and soak in some sun and fresh air
  • Be active
  • Write a to-do list for the day and tick off tasks as you complete them – this will help you feel in control
  • Celebrate small wins, reward yourself when you complete a task or answer a tough question correctly
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Enjoy a good meal
  • Look out for your mates – you can help each other through this
  • Treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the bath 


Manage your stress and anxiety
  • Remember – you are not alone – talk to friends or family
  • Plan your study sessions to give you a clear picture of what you have to do when
  • Don’t overload yourself – take regular breaks – this will help you to focus
  • Go for a walk, go to the gym, catch up with friend, do some exercise
  • If something unexpected impacts your studies, let your school know
  • Take a deep breath – inhale slowly, count to 3, slowly exhale – see more tips for managing anxiety
  • Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques
  • Remember: It’s not the end of the world if an exam doesn’t go well
    – whatever your results are, things will work out in the long run


Tips to get exercising


Tips for a good night’s sleep
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day
  • Be physically active during the day – not after dinner
  • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, restful space
  • Get off your devices an hour before bed – those blue lights aren’t good for relaxing your brain
  • Don’t worry about what you haven’t got done
  • VIDEO: 10-minute meditation for sleep
  • See more sleep hygiene tips


Self-care tips from Action for Happiness
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