Improving your focus: meditation for exams

8 April 2019 | Katy Ratican

Exams tend to be black and white; you ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, which can lead to anxiety and an inability to focus. Procrastination or busy schedules can get in the way of dedicated study time. But with the help of meditation, you can improve your reading comprehension, memory, concentration and reduce stress and anxiety.

Once again, we’re edging closer to the time of year when UK students are gearing up for exam season. There’s no doubt that exam pressure is real — and can be detrimental to a young person’s wellbeing. Finding our focus ahead of exams can be difficult; in the modern world, there’s always the latest Netflix show to binge watch or endless scrolling opportunities online. But by approaching exam season calmly, with a clear head, it becomes easier to find and keep focus, which in turn allows us to learn and retain new information required for exams.

This is where modern meditation comes into its own. Meditation is proven to improve our ability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time, without getting distracted. As we always say though, this takes practice. The more we commit to meditation, the more sustainable this extended focus becomes.

Learning to Focus

In theory, we should all be able to focus without much effort, but we know in reality, there are numerous distractions stopping us from finding our innate focus. Meditation allows us to find the right state of mind and create the best possible environment for sitting down. The following guided meditations will help you to find the mental space you need to improve your focus:

Noticing Technique

Meditation for Tackling Stressful Thinking

Kickstart your Day

Time to Rest

Taking a break from exam revision and study time can help you to find your focus. Sitting at your desk or workspace when you’re not in the right frame of mind will only increase your stress levels. Our guided yoga nidra meditation for deep rest and rejuvenation will take you into a deeper relaxation, allowing you to find and experience your innate stillness.

Exam Day

The big day arrives; you’ve done the studying and now the only thing left is to sit the exam. It’s natural to feel a little nervous, but rather than letting the emotion overwhelm you, harness the focus you’ve built: 

  • Take a walk pre-exam, preferably in a park or green space. It’ll do wonders for your mental energy.
  • Breathe. In and out, until you feel in control of your heart rate.

When you step out of the exam room, do your best to unwind — this guided meditation for insight and intuition can help you to cultivate a deep sense of presence. Post-exam, take some time to rest and rejuvenate, knowing you did the best you could on the day.

Good luck!

Our beanddo education programme brings modern meditation into schools, colleges and universities to help combat student and staff stress.

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