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How Do You Deal With Exam Stress?

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How Do You Deal With Exam Stress?

From our own experiences and some of the questions posted on here, we know lots of you get stressed out while studying! While a little pressure is sometimes a good thing – it can be a motivator – it’s not healthy or good for your studies to let stress get the better of you.

If you feel worry and stress about exams overwhelming you, the first thing to do is take a deep breath, then have a think about doing some of the following:


• Stop yourself overworking
Especially if you’re working towards your PER during the day and studying in the evening, it can be easy to overdo it. Ensure you’re giving yourself time off to relax and recuperate.

• Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep will drive up your stress level – and getting a good night’s sleep before working will help you remember the information you’re revising much more easily.

• Concentrate on the reward
Keep how you’ll celebrate finishing your exams in mind. It’s a good motivator and helps you to remember that there is life beyond June!

• Be realistic
We’ve covered this elsewhere, but it’s worth mentioning that setting unrealistic goals for yourself can result in undue stress. Make sure your revision plan is achievable!

• Talk to friends and family
If you’re really feeling overwhelmed, chat to friends about it – whether they’re studying ACCA or not. In fact, talking about something completely different is a great way of refreshing yourself. Other people can help you put your revision stress in perspective too.

• Get some fresh air and exercise
This works for a quick break during the day, especially if you’re getting frustrated. Taking a walk outside and getting some fresh air can help you to calm down – and you’ll be able to return to your studies with renewed energy. It also helps if you’re feeling sleepy!


How do you cope with stress around studying and exams?

April 30th 2015 AN ACCA USER 8,870 Points

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Passing ACCA exams does not just need knowledge. You have to apply that knowledge with an analytical mind. A relax mind is an analytical mind, try to do a guided meditation a night before the exam to stop the chatter in the mind. It would help you to go to a relaxing sleep and do not read anything on the morning of the exam. Last minute study is not a thing for professional exams.

Walk in the exam room with an inner positivity and trust in your ability to pass and do not drift away with thoughts of uncertainty. This would manage your stress quite well in the exam and you would perform better than your expectations.

May 10th 2015 AN ACCA USER 8,190 Points
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I prefer staying determined and consistent , two keys for dealing with my stress before and during exams.
May 7th 2015 AN ACCA USER 9,230 Points
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Here are what i think that will help me to release some stress:

1. Talk to my husband & exam buddies.  Just by admitting it and saying it out loud can sometimes release my stress.

2. Think about those beautiful days you are heading to after the exams: travelling, hanging out with friends, readings, or just lying on the couch doing nothing :P

2. Last but not lease: GET WELL PREPARED!!! The better you prepared the more confident you become, and less stressful when you enter the exam week.
May 18th 2015 AN ACCA USER 220 Points