A Healthy Exam Routine

Feelings of stress are common during the Year 12 exam period. However, there are steps students can take to improve their confidence.

In the lead-up to the exam period, setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals can ensure students avoid feeling overwhelmed by work, and recognise their progress.

During the exam period, a healthy routine is essential in curbing stress. Maintaining an appropriate sleep schedule is considered as the bedrock of good mental health and productivity, especially for teenagers.

The night before an exam, following a routine involving mindfulness and relaxation can increase confidence. Students are advised to limit caffeine in the afternoon, minimise device use, and aim to go to bed early.

On exam day, eating a nutritious breakfast and remaining hydrated will set up a student for success. It is recommended that students spend time alone at school prior to their exam, and avoid others who are feeling stressed.

Further reading on the importance of sleep for teens: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep

Materials on mindfulness and relaxation: https://www.sydney.edu.au/students/health-wellbeing/mindfulness-relaxation.html

Emma, Avivo Elite Tutor & Blog Team Member