February 2018: Exam Stress, Post-Exam De-stress and Start of Semester 2


Friedrich Nietzsche once said “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Turns out, he was right! And we discovered this last month while preparing for our semester one exams. Revision and exam period is undoubtedly every student’s worst nightmare – however, just like every other tough path, this one is manageable, if not easy, to navigate. Here are some of my tips for coping with exam period stress:

  • Group Study: Personally, I tend to study and understand better while explaining to my peers as well as learning from them. Group studying helped us learn from each other and most importantly motivate each other to work hard. During the course, you will find yourself working in groups a lot and incorporating this into study sessions is extremely useful.

  • Start early: They say ‘A stitch in time saves nine.’ This might seem obvious, but starting revision a couple of weeks before exams is useful as there will be a lot of material to cover as the exams approach near. Leaving everything to the end might be a little overwhelming and stressful, so I recommend starting early and setting small tasks for each day to make revision easier and less stressful.
  • Have fun!: This tip might seem really absurd on this list BUT I believe it is important to treat yourself and make the studying experience fun as well. After all, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!’ For example, while studying in small groups, we would often take small breaks and watch TV, go for walks and do other things that de-stressed us. Everything is manageable if you are able to find the right balance between your academic and social life.
  • Take care of yourself: Really Important! I can’t stress how important it is to ensure that you stay healthy and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Make sure to eat well, stay hydrated and get enough sleep to be able to stay focused. The University also offers some de-stress activities during exam period and if you’re feeling too stressed, it might be useful to check them out.

As soon as exams ended, we had a wave of mixed emotions. We were happy that a stressful phase had ended but were upset that we had only the weekend to recover from stress and were anxious that another stressful phase was about to begin soon. However, we used the weekend to catch up and mentally prepare ourselves for yet another semester. I would also like to mention here that I visited The John Rylands Library for the first time and I was completely awestruck at its beauty! It is absolutely mesmerising and I highly recommend visiting.

Semester two has begun in full swing and we are already finding ourselves much busier with coursework compared to the previous semester. Most of us have opted for Python, a programming language course, that is creating a lot of excitement as well as nervousness among us. However, we still have each other’s backs as we are studying in groups and trying to help each other. So far, semester two is looking like it’s going to be really busy as we are learning new, technical things which is keeping us occupied- however I am also looking forward to getting to know more about the technicalities of the course and learning new skills, which I’m sure will be valuable in the long run.


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