Does exam stress frequently affect your grades?
If so, you are in the right place.
In this article, I’ll share with you scientific tips that are proven to help you overcome exam stress.
I guarantee that if you apply the tips, you’ll become a calmer, happier and more successful student.
Let’s get started!
1. Clear your room and your desk
Have you heard the saying “A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind”?
It turns out it’s not just something your mother says to get you to clean your room. It’s scientifically correct.
The more clutter you have around your workspace, the less you’re able to concentrate on preparing for the exam. This is because your brain is being bombarded by so many distractions.
Physical clutter overloads your brain and impairs your ability to think, which leads to stress.
So you need to clear your desk and your room. Do the following to get organised:
- Reduce as much clutter as you can around your workspace. Get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there, e.g. photos, snacks, staplers. Move them out of sight, or out of your room completely.
- Use drawers. Store things away in your drawers or wardrobe. The only things you should have on your desk are the tools and books you need to complete your current assignment.
- Clean your space. Now that you’ve cleared your space, give your desk and room a good clean.
- Straighten up before you go. Take 5 minutes at the end of the day to clear everything away, so you can start again tomorrow with an uncluttered desk and an uncluttered mind.
2. Read something for leisure
It’s proven that reading for pleasure can reduce stress by up to 68%.
Reading relaxes your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles.
So the next time you feel the tension rise at the thought of an impending exam, pick up a good book and give yourself a 10-minute reading break. [Read more…]