EASING STRESS: Ashleigh Hamilton and Tay Nash took part in finger painting during the Pre-Exam Stress Buster event at USQ Ipswich.
EASING STRESS: Ashleigh Hamilton and Tay Nash took part in finger painting during the Pre-Exam Stress Buster event at USQ Ipswich. Contributed

Interesting ways to beat exam jitters

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) Ipswich students looking to burn off some pre-exam jitters found it through massages, food, games and activities this week.

Students were welcomed with goodies like tea, lollipops, playing cards, pressure balls and a barbecue.

There were plenty of fun packed activities for those who participated, including finger painting, massages and table tennis.

Tertiary Preparation Program student Tay Nash was one of the students who attended the event.

"It was really fun and nice to have free events like this at uni so we can leave all the lecture work behind for a short time," Ms Nash said.

Student services advisor Louise Kelly said the event was all about having fun and keeping students motivated in their lead up to the end of semester holidays.

"It's really important for all students to plan relaxation into their schedules and include time out activities that are simply fun to do," Ms Kelly said.

"This might include playing sports, spending time with friends or listening to music.

"Students need to make sure that they are getting some exercise, eating good nutritious food and getting enough sleep."

She said there were ways parents and partners could help diffuse some of the pre-exam butterflies.

"The best thing for them to do is be supportive and encouraging," she said.

"Think about providing some practical support, such as stocking the freezer with some healthy meals or taking care of the household chores.

"They might also consider planning something nice for them when it's all over."

Ms Kelly said USQ offers a number of student support services to help students get the best from their time at university.



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