Managing Exam Anxiety

Do you feel like your mind ‘goes blank’ during exams? Do you find yourself thinking ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I’m stupid?’ It is normal to experience anxiety both in preparation for and during exams; indeed a moderate level of anxiety is actually a prerequisite for optimal performance. However, the challenge is to recognise when anxiety levels have increased past an optimal level and learn to manage anxiety so that it doesn’t hijack performance.

Content of the workshop

In this workshop you will first learn to understand what exam anxiety is and how it affects academic performance. Next, you will learn to identify what causes you to become anxious leading up to and during exams. You will also learn practical strategies for coping with exam and performance anxiety.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Improved ability to understand what exam anxiety is and why you experience exam anxiety.
  • Learned skills to manage exam anxiety at university.

Benefit for students:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety associated with exams
  • Increased sense of control/sense of mastery/confidence
  • Decreased frustration


Wednesday 7 June, 1 - 2pm at CAPS reception (Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building)