Coping with assessment stress

What to do when it all becomes too much

We all feel stressed from time to time, however, for some people the pressure of sitting the assessment and the anticipation of results becomes too much. Stress can have a profound effect on someone’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It can cause them to feel anxious, out of control and unable to cope.  

If this sounds like how you’re feeling right now, we have lots of info and tips on how to cope with stress and anxiety on our Wardley Wellbeing Hub.  

Looking after your mind and body is also really important when preparing for your assessment, it will help you to function better during revision before the exam. 

Reaching out to others can reassure you and offer guidance in the run up to the assessment. You can watch this video from Pharmacist Support on top tips and techniques to overcome stress and read some tips and support on the assessment from a pharmacist who specialises in supporting students. 

Study time 

It’s important to set aside time to dedicated study and revision. You may have felt that your pre-registration training left you with little time to study. If this is the case then once your pre-registration placement is complete, you will have more time to organise a revision timetable. 

Revision sites 

If you feel lost or don’t know where to begin, there are a number of revision sites that can help trainees to prepare. Many of these sites offer free trials which can help you to decide which best fits your revision needs. Here are some suggestions to get you started:- 

Exam nerves 

Exam stress can affect trainees in a variety of ways. If you think that exam stress may negatively impact your performance, you could consider learning a coping technique, for example, mindfulness. According to the NHS, studies have found that mindfulness programmes, can bring about reductions in stress and improvements in mood.  

  • For further information on mindfulness, see our Mindfulness fact sheet.
  • For further information on coping with stress, see our Help with Stress fact sheet.
  • For further information on coping with anxiety, see our Help with Anxiety fact sheet.

You will also find further resources including self-learning modules and posters to support you in these areas on the Wardley Wellbeing Hub