Feeling stressed or anxious is something we all experience from time to time. It is a normal response to challenging or pressured situations such as exams and can actually help us to perform at our best.

Student Minds have the following four tips to help you deal with stress during assessment times:

  1. Keep it in perspective – Lots of people will tell you this, because it’s true – exams aren’t everything. Whatever happens in your exams, you can still be successful in life afterwards. So if you don’t do as well as you’d hoped, try to keep things in perspective.
  2. Get that organised feeling – break your revision down into small chunks, and form a plan. And remember to work out the basics: which exams you have, how the marks are allocated, and how much you have to learn for each one.
  3. Get into some good habits – look after yourself and remember to take regular breaks. Check out the Stressless activities for ideas.
  4. Get support from friends and family – if you’re feeling really worried or anxious, chat to a good friend, family member, or tutor. It helps to get it out of your system, and they may well be able to help think about practical strategies to deal with exam stress. If you just need some time out and a friendly chat don’t forget Chooseday Chill every Tuesday and Chaplaincy Community Lunch every Wednesday.

There is also range of extra support available…

  • Check out these online self help guides on stress and anxiety which can help you find ways to reduce your anxiety and learn new ways to manage it.
  • The Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers have drop-ins available all throughout the week where you can stop by and chat. They can offer advice, support and signpost to other services as appropriate. You can find our open times and locations here. You can also contact them on 01227 922675 or studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk
  • The Mental Wellbeing Team has drop-in available if you need to talk to someone in more depth about anxiety and other mental health conditions. You can find their information here. You can also contact them at 01227 923056 or mentalwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk
  • The University Chaplains offer a confidential listening service in a safe space where you can talk through any problems in a non-judgmental environment.
  • www.bigwhitewall.com: A free 24/7 online service that allows you to get support. It’s a safe and anonymous space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. Whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day.
  • Nightline: A student-run listening and information service offering a safe, non-judgemental environment for students to talk about their feelings and gain emotional-support and information.