Second-year uni student Teagan Jefferies is convinced a healthy diet, plenty of sleep and putting study before your social life are the keys to success during exam time.Miss Jefferies, studying Physiotherapy at Notre Dame University, knows all too well how the stress of exams affects a student as she suffered an emotional breakdown during last semester’s exams. “Last semester I had a pretty shocking experience where I let the stress of all my exams pile up and I actually failed one of them,” she says. “After that I had to sit a supplementary exam and that’s when I broke down,” says Miss Jefferies.” Miss Jefferies says that exams are the most stressful time at uni, followed closely by mid semester with so many assignments and mid semester exams. “I hear quite a few people saying that uni life is so easy but they have no idea. Uni is not easy. It is content heavy and has many hours of work on top of uni contact hours,” says Miss Jefferies. This semester, she has taken a different approach to her studying. Miss Jefferies makes sure she has a healthy diet, gets plenty of sleep, takes time out from studying and puts study time before any social events. To help relieve stress, Miss Jefferies says her university helps by offering support to the students. Murdoch University also caters for stressed-out students, offering them free massages during last Thursday’s Market Daze. Murdoch student Ophelie Maraval was lucky enough to experience a free massage and she says it actually does work. “It was great. They offered these massages as I felt really tense because I have to divide my time with work and uni so I do get pretty stressed,” says Miss Maraval. “There was also a tie-dye event to relieve stress, the idea was to give us something else to think about. They gave you white T-shirts and you could dye it whatever colour you wanted,” says Miss Maraval. Students at Murdoch University will be starting their exams on October 31.