TESTING TIMES: Paramedic student Samantha Landers is hitting the books in preparation for her exams.
TESTING TIMES: Paramedic student Samantha Landers is hitting the books in preparation for her exams. Contributed

Coping with pre-exam stress means life balance

SHORT naps, exercise and strategic planning are techniques first-year paramedic student Samantha Landers uses to cope with exam stress.

Miss Landers is among 260 University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Ipswich students hitting the books to prepare for the upcoming exams which start on Monday (June 15).

"I've been studying for a few hours every day and I'm confident I'll go well. I'm sure I'll be ready to go next week."

"There's a lot of information to take in during lectures, but all my lecturers are really supportive and very understanding."

Miss Landers aspired to be a paramedic in her teens, as she had always been interested and passionate about helping people.

Although a certain amount of nerves helps students to perform well, the hospital administration and finance assistant from the Gold Coast felt it was important to keep some balance in her life and not make exams the total focus.

"Probably the biggest thing is to be organised and plan ahead," Miss Landers said.

"I use a diary and a calendar to break down my days and weeks for study times.

"I go to the gym a few times a week to alleviate a bit of stress and sometimes take a 20-minute nap before I study which I find works for me."

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Prof Jan Thomas wished students the best of luck with their examinations.

"I encourage all students to do well, to perform to the best of their ability and achieve the results they desire."



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