Education Mental Health

8 Ways to Beat Exam Stress

Exam stress is horrible. We all feel it at some point. Schools and unis have a habit of telling us how important our exams are; but, although this is true to a certain extent, it can also make students panic. And when we panic, we are less likely to perform to the best of our ability.

Do you want to cope better with your revision and in your exams?

Try these 8 tips to beat exam stress.

Think positively

  • Think about how well you have done so far. You wouldn’t be doing this exam if your school or uni didn’t think you could cope. Remember: exam results will not define you as a person. Some people are better at them than others and all you can do is try your best.

Don’t compare yourself

  • Comparing yourself to your mates might help motivate you. But be careful. If you’re not keeping up it might make you feel more stressed, especially if they’ve done a ton more revision!

Get organised

  • If you can, try to start your revision early. Many people find it helps to work out how many days/weeks they have left until each exam and make a list of what they need to revise for each subject. You could go one step further and make yourself a revision timetable to allocate time each week to revise. This way you can see in advance what you will revise and when.


  • Take social media breaks to minimise distraction. Try putting your phone on aeroplane mode or use apps to temporarily block your social media.

Look after yourself

  • Just because you’re busy revising it doesn’t mean you don’t have to look after yourself. In fact, it’s even more important. Remember the usual tips: drink plenty water, eat nutritious food, exercise, avoid excessive alcohol and get some sleep.

Take Breaks

  • No one can study all day every day. Taking breaks will actually make you more productive and focused. Take regular breaks through the day to keep your energy levels going. Set a timer on your phone to remind you to take a break.

Reward yourself 

  • Rewards are not just for results day; it’s important to reward yourself throughout the process. Set yourself goals with your revision and give yourself little treats as you achieve these. Suggested rewards can be having a sweet, taking an hour off, watching a movie or ordering a takeaway. 

Get Support

  • If you are feeling really stressed, don’t struggle alone. Try to talk to a good friend or a tutor. Or join Ditch the Label’s wonderful online community full of thousands of people that are there to talk about anything you like! Or you can get confidential advice from a trained mentor. possible to be successful in your life and career. Exams aren’t everything. 

Need to talk?

Join the internet’s safe space

Image of the author, Chloe Foster

Chloe Foster has a background in working in mental health and youth work. Today she runs Sussex Rainbow Counselling where she specialises in counselling LGBTQ clients online.

Chloe holds a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapeutic humanistic counselling from The University of Brighton. She is also an approved accredited registrant member of the National Counselling Society, and an accredited gender, sexuality and relationship diversities therapist with Pink Therapy.


  • I Don't know what to do
    I have this friend that I met technically on the first day of college, also the first person I spoke to. In that first week, things were pretty good between us you know, I thought we could be good friends because well she even asked for my number so I just thought I've met a […]
  • Laughing at pain
    today was grade 8 farewell. The teachers gushed on and on about what good leaders we have been. How, in any universe, could that be. My class has been inappropriate and stupid and disrespectful. But they called us angels? It was kind of sad hearing how much teachers worshipped the bullies.
  • I don't know if I'm bi
    I'm very confused about my sexuallity, very recently I've been feeling bi but then another minute I feel straight. I also have classmates that can be very judgmental and I feel if I tell my classmates they be unsupportive, I want to come out but don't know how to please help my bi crisis.
  • Should I leave my bsf?
    So, I have an issue. My now partner of almost 2 years (we’re doing a break rn so kinda my partner), anyways, they don’t like me talking to my ex. The ex in question is my bsf of 8+ years. Me and this ex dated for a year and a few days. I was never […]
  • Hi :)
    I’d prefer to keep my name confidential, but hi :) My pronouns are she/they, and I’m very gay. I’m 17 and just tryna figure stuff out. Hope i can get advice that helps me :)
  • Confused about sexuality and Christian
    I'm a female currently in a long term relationship with a man. I've only dated men. I have been interested in women but my religion goes against it. I'm not sure how to navigate these feelings. I am unsure about my current relationship in many aspects and would like to date other men and possibly […]