Exam Survival Guide: How to Stay Cool, Calm, and Collected

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Do you feel the weight of upcoming exams pressing down on you? You’re not alone. The journey through studying is often paved with moments of stress, anxiety, and worry, especially when faced with the daunting prospect of exams. So I’m here to guide you through the storm with an exam survival guide to make your life easier and your results more successful.

First and foremost, take a deep breath. Inhale positivity, exhale negativity. Remember, you’re capable, you’re prepared, and you’ve got this. Let’s explore the factors that have an impact when sitting exams

Embrace the Power of Preparation:

Preparation is your greatest ally in the battle against exam stress. Break down your study material into manageable chunks and create a study schedule that works for you.

Set realistic goals, stay organised, and revise consistently.

By taking proactive steps to prepare, you’ll feel more confident and in control.

Practice Mindful Studying:

Approach your study sessions with mindfulness. Be fully present in the moment, focusing your attention on the task at hand. Minimise distractions, whether they be digital devices or wandering thoughts.

Engage in active learning techniques such as summarising content in your own words, teaching concepts to a study partner, or using mnemonic devices to aid memory retention.

Prioritise Self-Care:

Remember to prioritise your well-being amidst the chaos of exam season.

Nurture your body with nutritious foods, stay hydrated, and prioritise regular exercise to keep your mind and body in peak condition.

Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or gentle yoga to alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm.

Create a Support System:

You don’t have to navigate exam stress alone.

Reach out to friends, family members, or fellow students for support.

Share your concerns, seek advice, or simply enjoy moments of laughter and companionship.

Surround yourself with positivity and encouragement, knowing that you’re not in this alone.

Harness the Power of Positive Thinking:

Cultivate a positive mindset that empowers you to overcome challenges with resilience and determination.

Challenge negative self-talk and replace it with affirmations of confidence and self-belief.

Visualise success, envisioning yourself tackling exam questions with ease and precision.

By harnessing the power of positive thinking, you’ll cultivate a mindset that propels you towards success.

Utilise Stress Management Techniques:

Arm yourself with an arsenal of stress management techniques to combat exam anxiety.

Practice progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or visualisation exercises to promote relaxation and reduce tension. Consider exploring mindfulness-based practices such as mindfulness meditation or mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to cultivate a sense of inner peace and tranquility.

Stay Balanced and Flexible:

Strive for balance in all aspects of your life, recognising the importance of maintaining equilibrium between academic responsibilities and personal well-being.

Be flexible in your approach, adapting to unforeseen challenges or changes in circumstances with grace and resilience.

Remember, it’s okay to take breaks, seek support, and adjust your plans as needed.

Trust in Your Abilities:

Above all, trust in your abilities and believe in yourself.

You’ve worked hard, you’ve prepared diligently, and you possess the knowledge and skills needed to excel.

Approach exams with a sense of calm confidence, knowing that you’ve done everything within your power to succeed.

Trust in the process, trust in yourself, and trust that everything will unfold as it should.


As you embark on your exam journey, remember that you are capable of achieving greatness. Embrace the challenges that lie ahead with courage and resilience, knowing that each obstacle you overcome brings you one step closer to your goals. Stay cool, calm, and collected.


If you are finding any of this difficult remember it’s always possible to contact me to talk about how hypnotherapy can help you achieve success in your exams, remember that I’m here to support you every step of the way.



Clinical Hypnotherapist

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