'Tis the season...for exams

In order to prepare both intellectually and emotionally for the most stressful period of the academic year, we thought you might want to take a look at our NSUrvival assessment survival tips.

  • Be in control: A lot of stress comes from situations beyond control. Try finishing a task that's within your control, like organising, tidying and cooking. You'll feel better once it's accomplished.
  • Take a break: Treat yourself to a break from studying. Whether this is a productive break or sitting back and watching an episode of your favourite show.
  • Work out: Exercise has a huge impact on your wellbeing. It relieves stress, improves memory retention, boosts your energy and increases focus.
  • Shut off social media: Your phone and social media can be one of the biggest distractions. Keep usage to a minimum or deactivate your accounts to stop that scrolling.
  • Eat well: For our brains to function at their most efficient they need the best nutritional fuel. Stick to regular snacking on brain foods such as meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs, nuts, beans and pulses. (Of course, treat yourself to something a little more indulgent if you want).
  • Go outside: Take yourself away from your study area and go for a stroll. A simple 20-minute walk can alleviate stress and help clear your mind.
  • Get your sleep: Get that 8hours in! Regardless of whether you're a night owl or an early bird, sleep is crucial to working effectively and clarity of mind. Try relaxing at night with some deep sleep pillow spray or listening to sleep-inducing music.
  • Change it up: A change of environment boosts learning by encouraging the brain to create new associations with your study content, forming stronger memory. 
  • Be kind to yourself: Don't be too hard on yourself! It's important to stay positive. Give yourself a little treat now and again for working hard.
  • Practice meditation & mindfulness: This has huge benefits when practised properly. It increases your focus and reduces stress and worry. There are plenty of apps and podcasts available to accompany your mindfulness journey. 
  • Talk to someone: It's important to stay social and not completely isolate yourself from others. Whether it be your friends, parents or tutor - venting about your stress can help clear your mind. We also have our Nightline service, open 8pm - 7am every night on 0191 2273737.

Need some advice?

NSU is here to represent your academic interests and ot do this effectively, we offer a free, confidential advice service that is independent from the University. We'll be more than happy to hear from you if you're facing any difficulties whilst you're studying at Northumbria. You can contact us through su.advice@northumbria.ac.uk 

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