According to Daily Mail, Oxford University is simulating exams to help ‘snowflake’ students overcome anxiety about sitting the real thing.
Undergraduates will next month get the chance to sit a mock three-hour test while wearing a traditional academic gown.
Anxiety workshops and ‘panic attack training’ are among other events at Oxford, which is just one of a number of universities offering help to beat stress. At Cambridge, pictures of exam venues have been posted online to help those ‘uncomfortable with the examination room environment’.
Sheffield University warns students that exam stress may cause ‘unpleasant scenes or flashbacks from previous exams’ and ‘feelings of terror’. Other universities are providing counselling, free massages and even animal-petting sessions.
An Oxford spokesman said: ‘We take the wellbeing of students very seriously and will do all we can to support them during this period.’
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