University Student Final Exam Stress Buster

University Student Final Exam Stress Buster

by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Posted: December 2, 2013 | Last Updated: December 2, 2013

Final Exams

Many university students from around the world are soon starting final exams.

This can be some of the most stressful times a young student has encountered throughout their life.  Recently, I came across a great, and relatively simple stress busting activity.  I recount the activity below.


1. Pause what you are doing for a moment and take one or two deep breaths to help bring you into the present moment.
2. Look around you, and silently name three things that you see in your immediate vicinity
2. Now opening to the sounds around you , silently note and name three things that you can hear right now
3. Bringing your attention to your body, silently name three sensations that you can feel in this moment ( maybe warmth, tingling, contraction, coolness….. .)
4. Bringing your attention to smell and taste , what do you notice in your immediate awareness when you bring your attention to these senses- lightly name what you experience.
5. Take one or two breaths to finish this mindfulness exercise.

This has been adopted from Mindfulness for Students.

Other Applications

The reason I really like this activity, is how easily it can be applied to other life events and scenarios.

Call To Action

Do you have any great suggestions for dealing with stress?

Further Reading

Based on your reading of this blog post, you may also be interested in: Student Services (Part I).


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog



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  1. Thank You Adam for sharing this. I will try it the next time Abdullah is taking the Christams balls off our classroom tree and throwing them around the classroom……..:)

  2. All you should do before you feel abandoned.

  3. Collection of great steps to help students

  4. コンパクトデジカメ December 11, 2013 — 14:56

    Hopefully students make all of their own mistakes re. time management and stress in college so much easier when start a career.

  5. A life-long and important skill for students to start to learn in university!

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