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10 steps to stress free Exams


10 steps to stress free Exams

By sophiebk 16 Dec 2019

Taking your Exam

The key things to remember are:

  1. Get a good nights sleep the night before, if you're feeling anxious or restless take a walk and eat a good meal before winding down.
  2. Make sure to have a 'typical' day before you go in to the exam; don't skip breakfast or overload on coffee if you wouldn't normally
  3. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam and take some time to settle your nerves - try to avoid pre-exam speculation and focus on you
  4. Take all your equipment in a transparent bag
  5. Remember your student ID card
  6. Check your pockets before you go in for any notes (even for different subjects), mobile phones or other electronic devices - go in with just what you need for this exam. Also, any cover on your calculator case should either not be taken in to the examination hall or removed and placed in a bag at the front of the hall before the start of the examination.
  7. Make sure you switch off your phone, and double check this before you go in. You don't want to be worrying it's about to go off while you're trying to focus
  8. Listen and follow all instructions given to you by the invigilator
  9. Stay calm and read all questions fully - you can do this
  10. Make sure you leave enough time to check over your paper at the end - you want to make sure you leave knowing you've done all you can

 You can read more on The Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations  and The Notes for Guidance of Examination Candidates. If you have any queries about the examinations, please contact the examinations team on or contact your academic department.

Look after yourself

  • For some Top Tips on Revising and preparing for your Exams click here. 
  • We will also be providing free breakfasts at certain Halls on specific days over the Exam period, find out when yours is here.
  • As well as revising and meeting deadlines, we encourage you all to look after yourselves and your wellbeing during the exam period. If you think you need to talk to someone during this time you can find all of the information for student services and advice here.
  • Also, don’t forget that as University of Liverpool students you have access to SilverCloud self-help modules to support you in getting space from Anxiety, Depression and Stress, and encourage Positive Body Image.
  • Furthermore, the Big White Wall is always there should you need an outlet. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or not coping, Big White Wall provides 24/7 online peer and professional support, with trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Get access here by entering your university email address and signing up.