30 Inspiring Quotes on Exams Stress

Exam stress can be a very real and paralyzing experience for students.

It can be hard to focus on studying when it’s all become too stressful and overwhelming. Which of course doesn’t help at all.

It’s important to remember that there are ways to reduce stress and increase motivation, which will help with your performance before and during your exams.

Firstly, here are a few tips to reduce stress in preparing for exams, and then we will share 30 short, effective quotes that can help inspire you, or someone else, through a stressful exam period:


  1. Make a plan: When we know what we need to do and when we need to do it, it becomes less daunting.
  2. Remind yourself why you’re taking the test. Is it for a grade you need to get into college? Does this get you to your next step? Keep your goals in mind and let them motivate you.
  3. Get enough sleep and eat healthy foods. This will help keep your energy levels up and your mind clear.
  4. Take breaks! Studying for hours on end is not only ineffective, but it can also be counterproductive. Get up and walk around, take a nap or just relax for a few minutes to clear your head.
  5. Visualize yourself succeeding. Picture yourself finishing the test with ease and feeling proud of yourself. This will help keep you focused and motivated.
  6. Talk to someone about your stress. Whether it’s a friend, family member or therapist, talking about your feelings can help reduce their intensity.
  7. Finally, practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself and understand that everyone makes mistakes. Don’t dwell on your mistakes, learn from them and move on.


Ready for a little boost of inspiration? The following quotes have all been chosen to inspire you throughout the exam period. You will notice the usual offenders of procrastination, self-doubt, stress and overwhelm – reading these quotes can help to put things into perspective and push you through these little stumbling blocks and on to a better, more productive study period!

Quotes On Exams Stress – To Inspire & Motivate


“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” Charles Dickens


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. It may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou


“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.” George H. Lorimer


“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” Will Rogers


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“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson


“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.” Anne Lamott


quotes on exams stress


“Action will destroy your procrastination.” Og Mandino


“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Henry Ford


“If people only knew how hard I’ve worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo


“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill


“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray


“Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do” Benjamin Spock


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“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” Viggo Mortensen


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard


“Procrastination may not take up a lot of effort physically but without you knowing it, it takes over the mind.” Stephen Hall


“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” Steve Maraboli


“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary


“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” Winston Churchill


“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” Christian D. Larson


“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” Ziggy Marley


“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.” Frank Herbert


“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” Mark Black


“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham Bell


“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” Venus Williams


“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” William Arthur Ward


“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” Bill Watterson


Although exams can be stressful, there are ways to reduce the stress and increase motivation. By following these tips, you can achieve success and feel confident in your abilities! For more inspirational quotes, be sure to check out:

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