Ryman Stationery has recently surveyed over 8,000 students studying in the UK about their revision habits and how exam stress is affecting their mental health.
The majority of students surveyed, 61%, admitted they felt stressed about upcoming exams, with 74% admitting they put pressure on themselves.
63% of students said they prepared between 1-3+ months before exams, however, only 11% feel confident about passing.
“Females are likely to eat when they are stressed during exam revision”
“It’s extremely stressful right before or during the exam period because first of all, you do not want to let yourself down,” one student told Impact.
In terms of dealing with stress, male students tend to watch TV to relax (53%), while females are likely to eat when they are stressed during exam revision (56%).
The survey also revealed that most students revised at home, with 93% of students stating they did their best work there.
“A little stress can help us be motivated, focused and achieving”
Interestingly, 63% of students said that social media helped them revise, with 59% of millennials and 71% of gen-Z students admitting they used social media to get help with revision.
“Social media definitely plays a crucial role during my revision. I can not only gather related resources but also get myself entertained when I need a rest,” said another student.
“Exam stress is normal. A little stress can help us be motivated, focused and achieving. But we need to manage it, we need to focus on only those things we can control. We need a good plan, through preparation, a health body and mind, a positive attitude, and realistic expectations,” advised psychotherapist Ian Jenkins.