6 ways to stay positive during exams

Exams are a stressful time for many, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed during this time. Did you know when you feel stressed, your brain isn’t in its best state to gather information? Here are my 6 ways to keep a positive mindset during exams.

Give your brain short breaks

While it’s important to revise your work, you should also have short rests in-between study sessions. Taking short breaks when you’re studying improves your concentration and increases productivity. For example, you could take a 10-minute break for every hour of studying. Try going for a short walk, having a healthy snack or just stretching every 10 minutes.

Calm your anxious mind

For those of us who suffer from anxiety, exams can increase feelings of panic and stress. Take a moment to relax when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Meditation can act as a starting point for you to practise mindfulness, by focusing on the present and concentrating on your surroundings.


Did you know that rest can help boost memory and enhance creativity? It can be exhausting moving from book to book during revision time. Instead of drinking lots of caffeine to stay awake, keep your mindset healthy by having 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This will help you perform better during your exam. Rest also helps keep you alert and it improves your decision-making skills.

Think positively despite the challenges

After an extremely tough paper, it’s normal to feel demotivated for the upcoming papers that lie ahead. Remember to take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you’ll do better in the next one.

Revise properly

Having a revision timetable is all about planning your time well, which can help you feel calmer and more prepared. When you plan ahead, you’re in control of your study time and can break down large or overwhelming topics into smaller, manageable pieces. Ticking off each section as you complete it will also boost your positivity.

Keep your eye on the prize

Look at the bigger picture- whether this is passing your exams with flying colours or getting accepted into a tertiary institution. You can also start thinking of how you’ll relieve your post-exam stress once your exams are over. Think of it as a major reward for yourself after going through a challenging time.

Some stress can be good for you as it helps you perform faster and more effectively. However, excessive stress can get in the way of your success, so be kind to yourself and allow a bit of positivity into your life. If you feel stressed out during exams, reach out to me or SADAG for help on 0800567567. A positive mind is a healthy mind.

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