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Perfectionism

Most people want to do well in exams.

Some people believe that they have to do well – or they feel like failures.

This usually results in either:

  • Studying for very long hours (or trying to), or
  • Procrastinating and then trying to catch up close to the deadline

Both can result in high levels of anxiety and the problems that go along with that.

A little bit of perfectionism can be helpful but too much can be disabling.

The alternative to perfectionism isn’t giving up, though you may feel like doing that. It’s making small changes – finding ways of modifying perfectionism so you can make the demands on yourself more realistic.

Here are some resources which may help:

 

University Counselling Service

The Orchards
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 3695
email: counselling.service@nottingham.ac.uk