It is normal for university students to get a bit stressed from time to time. Maybe you have an upcoming assignment and exams. Here are some tips that will help you cope when trying to overcome your workload and stress.

Always take notes in lectures 

You were probably thinking, "Really? Duh, of course, I have to take notes." However, our lecturers use PowerPoint Presentations to illustrate their point. They might use images, graphs, tables, and matrices displaying important data. You could perhaps ask your professor before the course begins if he could make his/her presentations editable and available to you. That way you may make your own notes on the slides. You will, of course, need to bring your own laptop or tablet to lectures. This is a very simple yet effective way of making notes. When the time to do your exams draws near, you can easily find your notes on the PowerPoint document making things a lot easier to recall the information. 

Don’t let assignments pile up

When you're given an assignment, it is important that you start it as soon as possible. You will then be able to finish it in plenty of time. You can use spider diagrams which will help you map out your thoughts which you want to discuss in any given assignment. It also helps to write your assignment in bite-size pieces each day to make sure you don't hurry everything at the last minute and getting a bad grade. Make sure you read your work critically and get your peers and/or lecturers to check it before the deadline.

Stressed girl surrounded by books

Take regular breaks when revising

It is understandable that you might want to put lots of effort into revision at the one time. You do not want to cram as much information into your brain, your brain can only remember so much at once. You should go out for a jog or go to the gym. We will discuss exercising in the next part. Have breaks in between revision, watch your favourite tv series on Netflix. It is also important to take a break to eat something that will give you some mental ability.   

Talk to friends or family

When you become stressed, it is sometimes for the best that you talk to your family and friends. You might feel like you are annoying them, and you might even be, but that's what family is for, and it is better than keeping it bottled up inside. You will find it beneficial to talk with your counsellor, it is always better to talk about your issues than keeping them inside.   


When you feel like you're getting mentally tired, why not go to the gym or for a quick jog around the park. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress and make people happier. If you're a member of a sports club then attending regular training would keep your mind off studying for a while. You get the picture. You can exercise in any way that you see fit. It doesn't have to be anything too extreme or taxing. It can even be walking your dog through the forest! 

So just remember: Always take notes in lectures, don’t let assignments pile up, take regular breaks when revising, talk to friends or family and exercise. 

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