Dealing with exam stress
The last few years of dentistry can be the most challenging. With years of hard work culminating in
these exams, it’s no surprise that you might be feeling stressed. The demands of your study schedule
may feel excessive; worse so if you feel you are falling behind. If you are a perfectionist, you may feel
you have to perform exceedingly well in every subject, and that self-imposed pressure can add to your
stress levels. For many, the stress of exams is exacerbated by procrastination. Procrastination is often
caused by performance anxiety which manifests as lack of drive or motivation.