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Managing exam stress

Most people feel nervous before an exam, but it's important not to let anxiety have a negative impact on your performance. This includes avoiding stress during your exam preparation as well as on the day.

Try to see it as an opportunity for you to make a good impression and get credit for what you know. This gives you a much more positive outlook about exams.

The University has a number of services and resources to help you deal with exam stress:

Coping with exam stress: Leeds University Union's advice on how to avoid stress before and during your exams.

Managing exam anxiety and panic: strategies for before and during the exam can really help you to manage anxiety.

‘Drop-in To Calm’ is a service offered by the Student Counselling Centre to help you de-stress. It will help you understand what's happening when it gets too much, and offer you effective strategies and techniques to manage exam stress. They also have online help, including MP3 downloads on various relaxation techniques, plus free workshops and individual or group counselling sessions to help you deal with stress.

The Student Counselling Centre also provides “Headstart” cards to help with a range of issues students may face. You may find the following cards particularly useful:

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety (PDF)

Action Plan to Counter Exam Stress (PDF)