Advice Centre

Exam Time

As a student there is one thing you will inevitably have to do…sit exams.

No matter how many times you have done this before, sitting exams is stressful and causes a lot of anxiety. There are some things you can do to make life easier during exam season. At the top of this list is looking after yourself. Some level of stress is quite normal but if you feel you are not coping and can’t bear the thought of having to study any longer you need to tell someone, as help is available.

First things first...

Look after yourself. Studying 24 hours a day will achieve little. You need to plan and structure your day and include a good amount of sleep and breaks during your study time. Your head needs time to process what you have learnt and recharge before the next session. Without this you won’t achieve the grades you are aiming for.

Imperial runs some very useful workshops. These are not a waste of time! They will help you make the most of the time you have. Details can be found on their website Workshops | Imperial College London

How is everything going?

If you feel things are not going very well, remember you are not alone. Talk to a friend, your department or the advice centre. We are all here for you. The Health Centre offers tips and advice on how to deal with exams and stress Imperial College Health Centre

You should know the rules

Please click here for some important instructions for candidates. It is important to inform your department if your studies are being affected by circumstances beyond your control. These are called mitigating circumstances. If you prefer to speak to someone outside of your department in confident you can contact us here.

Should you need information about special examination arrangements, please click here. This needs to be in place well in advance so make sure you discuss this with your department as soon as possible if you haven’t all ready done so.

Should you need information about appeal procedures, please click here. If you have sat your exam and this was affected by mitigating circumstances you might be able to appeal.

Things you should check

  • Check you know where the exam is taking place the day before the exam
  • If you are travelling to the exam by public transport check that everything is running as normal
  • Leave your house in plenty of time just in case something unexpected happens along the way
  • If you have an exam first thing in the morning make sure you get everything ready for it the night before

For more information, please try Student Minds and Sleep Council.