Exam Stress

Exam stress is a feeling of pressure that is common for students around exam time and is very common for students completing their HSC. While a little stress around exam time can be helpful to motivate us to study, too much stress can be unhelpful and make us less productive.

What causes exam stress?

  • Competition with others
  • High expectations
  • Lack of preparation
  • Stress
  • Procrastination

What are the symptoms of exam stress?

  • Increased anxiety
  • Reduced interest in being with friends
  • Reduced engagement in activities you enjoy
  • Low mood
  • Poor sleep
  • Low motivation
  • Procrastination
  • Difficulty concentrating

How can psychology and counselling help?

We can help by teaching you effective study skills and strategies to assist with managing the stress of exams and your wellbeing