VP Education Alissa Chohan shares some great advice to help you make this assessment period as pain-free as possible. Make sure you take a read to ease your stress levels!
Even without being in a pandemic, exams and assessment periods are a stressful and anxiety-provoking time for everyone, whether that be due to the pressure to succeed, questioning whether you’ve done enough, or trying to store what seems like a library full of information in your brain.
But there are some key things that you can do to make this period as pain-free as possible, so you can finish this academic year on a high. After all, without wanting to sound like that stereotypical secondary school teacher we all had…exams are essentially a showcase of the knowledge and skills you have gained at university. So here are my top tips for smashing our exams in order to celebrate in Founder's Quads with your friends and a glass of whatever makes you feel good!
YOU DID IT! Whether it was your first or last exam, feel proud of yourself that you completed it and move forward. If you were unhappy with your performance, try not to contemplate it for hours after, it will only throw you off your game for your next exam or leave you pondering about something you can’t change. Shift your focus to revising for the next exam or doing something that relaxes you, whether that be going to the gym, ordering a huge takeaway, or spending some time with friends.
We all know how much pressure exams can bring, but there are people here to support you. You can contact the independent SU Advice Centre any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the College's Wellbeing Services. I’d also recommend contacting your module leader or personal tutor for academic-related queries and reach out to family and friends for some stress relief. For further advice on support and where to receive it, feel free to email me at VPEducation@su.rhul.ac.uk.
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