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How to Manage Exams

By Isobel Healey, Advanced Science/Law, I


As final exams fast approach, stress levels peak and the library floors become a hive of sleep-deprived students, now is the best time to focus on your mental health and wellbeing in order to hit those exams head on. Today we’re going to focus on some things you can do in the lead up to your exams that can help you achieve the results that you want without suffering in the process.


Find a balance

While it feels like all you can do is study, it is unequivocally important that you take regular breaks. Nobody can study for 24 hours straight, so take the time that you would waste procrastinate and turn it into something useful. Have a shower, cook some food, go for a walk, watch that YouTube video you’ve been wanting to see – understanding that your body cannot possibly run on empty for an extended period of time is key to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed.



Scheduling is the key to a happy life. When those assessments are piling up and exams are looming closer, sit down with a pen and paper and draw yourself a timetable. At 3pm, you’re going to catch up on those chemistry lectures you’ve been ignoring. At 8pm you’ll do that law reading that’s been hiding under piles of paper. Breaking your piles down into manageable tasks will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed. On top of that, you get to reward yourself after each small task! More rewards!!



Bearing all of the above in mind, be sure not to over-schedule yourself. This one applies to all students, but will be particularly beneficial for those students who do suffer from any type of mental illness, ailment or other. Nobody is perfect; people make mistakes, get side-tracked, get tired, and get upset. Leave time to relax and catch up on things you might have missed.


Reach out

If it all becomes too much, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, and UNSW student services. They are here to help and in this exam period, remember to put yourself first and get all the help you need in order to achieve the results you want!


Telephone: (02) 9366 8800 (Bondi)
Website: https://headspace.org.au


Telephone: 13 11 14 (24 hour helpline)
Website: https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Telephone: 9385 5418
Website: https://www.counselling.unsw.edu.au/

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