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Topic: I've been super stressful for the past week about exams, I can hardly sleep and can't study. Any tips on how to deal with this?

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  1. AC_00
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    2 posts
    22 June 2019

    I'm nearly at the end of semester 1 at my first year of uni, for the most the most part I've handled it well, but shortly after classes ended I've been stressing heaps. At the start it was mostly just worrying about grades, but as exams came closer, I started to lose sleep, feel super tired in the morning and during the day I just get headaches and stress out more and more. I actually missed my exam the other day cos I felt really unwell, I could hardly get out of bed. Right now I'm just freaking out about whether or not my special consideration will be approved (I got a doctor's certificate), my maths exam coming up which I haven't been able to study for and been worrying heaps if I'll fail and end up getting kicked out of uni.

    Sorry if I'm sounding really whiny, I just feel really overburdened right now.

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  2. continuousventer
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    19 posts
    22 June 2019 in reply to AC_00

    Hey, I've finished my semester one exams for uni! You'll be done soon too. Just hang in there.

    It's really important to separate or distance yourself from your grades. I am a hypocrite because I like good grades too, but prioritising them over your health will harm you.

    I can relate with not being able to sleep because the exam is tomorrow.

    Don't stress about your special consideration outcome, focus on your maths exam.

    I don't think the uni will kick you out. I'm sorry if this doesn't help enough

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  3. Alexlisa
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    23 June 2019 in reply to AC_00

    Hello AC_00,

    Welcome to the forums ☺️ I’m glad that you decided to reach out here for some support. The first semester of uni can be really tough while you figure out how it all works and do everything for the first time. So, well done getting to the end of the semester. Trust me, that’s no small achievement.

    I was wondering if you’d be willing to make an appointment to see your university counselling service? They are probably in the best position to help you, as they would come across this issue constantly. Exam and study stress is a real issue and you deserve to get some support at this time. The counsellor should be able to just listen to you and teach you some skills that you’ll be able to use to reduce your anxiety and stress in general and also in the lead up to your exams. It’s also a good idea to be in touch with them because it’s possible that they’d be able to support your Special Consideration application if you need it.

    I saw my uni counsellor plenty of times while I was at uni and found it really helpful. Uni really is a whole new world to understand and exams are stressful at any time, so please consider contacting them.

    Something else I thought of is that you might want to get in touch with Reach Out or use their forums on their website. Because Reach Out is mostly targeted at younger people you might be able to get some more replies on their forums from people in a similar situation as you.

    Kids Helpline is also for young people, up to 25 years old. They have a 24 hour phone line on 1800 55 1800 and also online chat. Again, your issues are probably super common to these guys, so they’ll be able to give you some relevant support. They also have this page up on their website:

    I hope this helps a little. Please consider reaching out to your uni counselling service. It might seem a bit scary at first, but they’re usually really lovely people who genuinely care and want to help.

    Take care and good luck with your exams.


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  4. AC_00
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    24 June 2019

    Thank you both for being very supportive. I think it would be a great idea for me to book an appointment with my uni councillor, just someone to talk to and get things off my chest. I'll check out those links Alexlisa posted, they'll probably be helpful too. The good thing is that my special consideration was approved so at least I'm not stressing about that anymore. Anyways, the deferred exam is a month away so I'll be more confident knowing that I have time to properly prepare for it.