Students Staff

23 April 2019

Health, happiness and top marks: 10 tips for exam success

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Students of positive psychology have revealed their top tips to keep spirits up during the gloomy exam season.

The third-year students have been studying the psychology of happiness and have drawn on scientific evidence to come up with advice on staying happy and increasing your chances of exam success.

Exam time can be extremely stressful, but making some small adjustments to your daily routine can make all the difference, according to module coordinator Dr Gillian Standstrom. “It’s probably not surprising to learn your close friends and family are an important source of support, but complete strangers can also lift your mood. Chatting to the barista as they make your coffee, or smiling at someone as you pass them in the street has a positive impact,” she said.

Dr Kathryn Buchanan, who co-cordinated the module, points out that “Spending time with others is the most beneficial thing you can do, but you can help yourself in other ways. Random acts of kindness, particularly if you do them surreptitiously, benefit you just as much as the recipient, and taking time to be thankful for all the positive things in your life will also bring rewards.”

The students’ top 10 tips are:

  • Spend time with people who make you happy
  • Treat your study buddy to a coffee – spending money on others makes us happy
  • Take a 24-hour detox from social media
  • Know when to take a break – don’t feel guilty about it and give yourself a reward
  • Make expectations realistic
  • Chat to the barista on your coffee break or to a stranger in the street
  • Leave a £1 in the vending machine – random acts of kindness boost your mood
  • Be grateful – count your blessings before bed or thank your parents for their support
  • Go to the gym or do 10,000 steps a day
  • Eat well, sleep well.

Exams start in just a short few weeks, so take action now to give yourself the best chance of success.



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