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This is how to relax before an exam

This is how to relax before an exam

by Katherine Hanrahan

Exams coming up soon? Keep cool, calm, and collected the entire time with our guide to relaxing before an exam.

There’s loads of advice out there about how to revise effectively, but what about calming those exam worries and nerves?

Relaxing your mind before an exam or revision session will help you plan your study schedule, remember your notes, and generally feel better about the whole thing all at the same time.

So, with help from two of our students, we’ve pulled together our top advice about how to relax before an exam and on the day itself.



  1. The best thing to do before your exam is PLAN

  2. Take time to relax

  3. Get some fresh air

  4. Talk to teachers if you’re stuck

  5. The night before the exam

  6. On the day of the exam

  7. And afterwards


The best thing to do before your exam is PLAN

Plan out your study area, organise your subjects, and work out how much time you have to learn each topic.

Be sure to check out our top tips on how to revise effectively to get the most from each study session. Don't forget to download our free revision timetable to plan out your subject revision, too.


Take time to relax

From hot chocolates to Netflix binges, gift yourself some time to unwind at the end of the day before you nod off to sleep.

Try not to go straight from revision to sleeping – you might find it much more difficult to go to sleep without letting your mind settle first.


how to relax before an exam - take time to relax

Get some fresh air

Take regular breaks, and if you can head outside - do it! Natural light and green spaces enhance mental health and learning capacity by lowering stress levels and restoring attention - creating a state of 'calm alertness' (a state ideal for learning).

Go for a walk, make a trip to the corner shop, or even just take some deep breaths in your back garden.


how to relax before an exam - get some fresh air

Talk to teachers if you’re stuck

There’s no need to struggle alone. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, and we all learn in different ways.

Speak to a teacher if you’re struggling with a particular topic. They’ll help find a way of working through a problem that’s right for you.


The night before the exam

Prepare your clothes and school bag the night before, so you’re worry-free in the morning.

It's also a good idea to make sure you know when and where your exam is. No one likes waking up in the middle of the night and worrying whether they’re already late for their early morning exam!


How to relax before an exam - the night before

On the day of the exam

Go through your notes. Don’t try to learn anything new, but scan over all the work you’ve already done to refresh your memory. Your first priority is to keep calm, so try some breathing and relaxation exercises if you need to.

Try to arrive early. The last thing you need is to be late!


And afterwards

Learn from your exam experience. If time management was a problem, make sure in the next exam you’re keeping an eye on the clock.

Learn from your mistakes but don’t let them get you down.


How to relax before an exam - afterwards


There’s no secret to how to revise for exams, and revision doesn’t have to be stressful. It might seem overwhelming now, but there'll be a point soon when your revision is done, your exams are over, and you can kick back and enjoy the fact that you prepared for your exams as best as you could, 

For now, plan ahead, look after yourself, take regular breaks, ask for help when you need it, and you’ll ace your exams.

Good luck!