Exam Woe and Worry

It’s that season again. Of long days in the library and longer nights binging on coffee (and Oreos) in order to stay awake that extra hour.

This exam season will be slightly different for me as I’m intercalating, I’m exposed to an entirely different format of exams and the stress is kind of settling in. Whether you’re a little worried or full on panicking – fret not. We’re all in the same boat here.

Exams are unfortunately an important part of University life and while it’s true some people test better than others there are a number of things that are universally helpful.


  1. Establish a routine

It’s all about training your brain to get to work as efficiently as possible when you settle down to work. Working well means working fewer hours and being just as productive. If you’re a professional procrastinator like I am this might sound too good to be true. Believe it or not, this has almost reformed me and I would HIGHLY recommend.

A routine can include either specific timings that you set aside to study – depending whether you’re an early riser or a night owl – a set place you associate with studying (I’m partial to a particular table in the Wolfson Room) or just a daily routine you have to complete. For example, heading to the library right after a gym session or meeting friends for brunch each day.


  1. Get moving

 It can be tempting to lock yourself in and cram when exams are looming ahead. Taking a break can almost be counter-intuitive but believe me it’s worth it. Even better, go for a run or dance it out. You’ll feel so much better afterwards and refreshed to tackle that next topic.


  1. Fuel your brain

Don’t skimp on feeding yourself well and healthily. I can almost guarantee you’ll notice a massive change in the way you feel and work with a good meal. Dedicate a few hours one day of the week for a meal prep and you’ll save yourself time, pounds and the extra calories.


However, stress and anxiety can get the best of us. If you feel like things are slowly slipping out of hand, or even if you just want some space to vent feel free to do so. The university has an excellent counselling service and there are organisations operating on campus that are anonymous, free and always willing to hear you out.

Here are some helpful links.

Dundee Nightline

Phone: 01382 381 183 (8pm-8am)

Email: nightline@dundee.ac.uk (24/7)

Instant Messaging (8pm-midnight) 

Peer connections

Contact Peer Connections Co-ordinator, Joan Muszynski, your Student Support Advisor, or Student Services by calling into the Enquiry Centre, Campus Green

Tel: (+44) 1382 384932 or email peerconnections@dundee.ac.uk 


Good luck everyone! I’ll see you on the other side.

Until next time x

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Hello everyone! I'm an international medical student, currently in my 4th year. I'm setting out to experience as much of Dundee student life as possible as I finish with my last years of undergraduate studies. I'm a closet bookworm and a foodie with an obsession of baking all things sweet. I also drink copious amounts of tea.

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