Advice Exams Stress

Our Easter Term Tips

  1. Look after yourself – make sure you’re getting enough water, healthy food and sleep. Nothing is worth sacrificing your health for.
  2. Don’t spend all your time studying! See friends, relax, exercise and take time off. Get outside! Cambridge is beautiful, especially in the summer so be sure to take a break, get some fresh air and explore your environment. Whether that is with a visit to the botanical garden, a walk along the river, or a picnic tea on Jesus Green. No matter how much work you have done or how exam preparation is going, you deserve to enjoy your time in Cambridge.
  3. Remind yourself that you’ve already done amazingly to get through such a tough year! Being here is an achievement in itself.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others – we all work and cope with work or exams differently, and that is fine! How your friend is finding everything is no reflection on you and nobody really knows how they’ve performed anyway! Also, remember that the amount of time someone has spent working doesn’t correlate with the amount of ‘productive’ work they have done. So make sure that you don’t get worked up if people tell you that they spend the whole day working.
  5. Know when to remove yourself from a situation – if all the conversations around you are about exams and that is making you anxious, step away.
  6. Talk to people outside the ‘Cambridge bubble’ to get some perspective – it’s so easy to forget how insignificant the exams are when they’re all everyone in Cambridge seems to care about.
  7. Ask for help if you’re unsure about how to revise. Talk to friends or older students or academics. Seeking help is a sign of strength. Academic support is also available here: https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/your-course/examinations/exam-support
  8. If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t suffer alone – talk to your friends and family, or reach out to Student Minds Cambridge to find more support.
  9. But… know your limits. If it is all getting too much, there are options. Talk to your tutor, chaplain, the SU (https://www.cambridgesu.co.uk/resources/guides/examsguide/), or the SUAS (https://www.cambridgesu.co.uk/support/advice/). Student Minds Cambridge will also be releasing a guide on what to do if you have an exam term disaster, so keep an eye out.
  10. Try to remember that the people who love you will not care how you do in the exams. In a few years, you won’t even remember!

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