Health & Wellness

5 Feelings Every Student Goes Through During Exams

by Neetika Chohan

Let’s face it, exams are usually not fun, unless you’re Hermione Granger.

But for the rest of us mere muggles, exam time can be a whirlwind of unpredictable emotions. During this time of year students are not only responsible for acing exams worth 35% of their grade but also submitting major projects and assignments. Is it any wonder why so many of us are anxiety-ridden during this time?

As an ode to this emotional turmoil, we’ve come up with 5 thoughts students might have during exam time…

1. The feeling you get when you realize what you studied isn’t even on the exam.

We’ve all experienced this at one point or another. When this happens, an overwhelming feeling of sickness befalls you. You sit there in disbelief, recounting each moment of your review process, trying to decipher how you overlooked these concepts. Then you secretly cry to yourself and try to guess the answer to these questions as best you can.

Muppet freaking out.

2. When was the last time I got to sleep in?

With a full course load, exams, and final assignments conveniently scheduled at the same time, sleep can seem like a distant memory. Less sleep usually means more anxiety because the body isn’t fully rested. Here are some tips to help you rest!

Sleepy from the 7 dwarfs falling asleep.

3. If I just had one more day to study…

Do you ever get the feeling that an extra day would help you nail that exam or improve your final assignment grade? It’s a universal feeling for all us procrastinators and often the only form of reassurance that we could have done better if we had more time. Maybe these browser add-ons will help you study better.

Happy student with fireworks in the background.

4. If I fail this exam, will I still pass the course?

Who hasn’t felt this way? Doubt can overwhelm anyone who encounters a difficult exam. You start nervously counting what grade you need on your exam to pass the class, until the final grades are posted. Need some help in case your exams don’t go well? Get to know your rights!

Anxiety-ridden student.

5. How much coffee is too much coffee?

Coffee is any over-worked students’ saviour; the one thing that will keep them awake and energized to continue working. But, when you’ve lost track of time, with all the studying and school assignments you have yet to do, you may begin to have more coffee then is actually healthy for your body and mind. Here are some tips to stay awake without coffee!

coffee making faces.

The end of the semester is hard on a lot of students, but try to keep your head up. Always remember that Humber and Guelph-Humber offer a number of counselling resources to help students handle these feelings. Also check out IGNITE’s de-stress events, which happen during the busy periods of the semester and if the stress ever gets to be too much and you need to talk to someone you can use our Student Lifelife.

Happy studying and good luck!