21 Lies All University Students Have Told Themselves About Their Exams

Every university student has to sit exams. And every one of them has lied to themselves about it.

1. “I don’t need to worry yet. I still have plenty of time.”

What you mean is: “I’m not ready to face the reality of how close those exams are.”

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2. “I’ll get up early and start revising straight away.”

What you mean is: “I’ll get up around midday and try to do some work.”

3. “I don’t need to go to the library. I prefer revising at home.”

What you mean is: “I can’t revise at home any better than I can in the library but at least there are no people at home.”

4. “Making this revision timetable is not a waste of time. I’m going to stick to it this year.”

What you mean is: “If I don’t make a revision timetable how will I know how far behind I am?”

5. “Of course I know what I’m doing. It’s all under control.”

What you mean is: “I don’t even know where to start.”

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6. “I’ll make sure I won’t need to resort to pulling all-nighters. Especially the night before my exams.”

What you mean is: “I’ll get an hour’s sleep between revising, stressing and crying.”

7. “I’ll cook healthy meals. Every day.”

What you mean is: “That pizza should’ve been here, like, ten minutes ago.”

8. “I’ll go to the gym to let off some steam. It will help.”

What you mean is: “I need to use being exhausted from having been to the gym as an excuse not to work.”

9. “I probably know all of this stuff anyway, I just need to remind myself of it.”

What you mean is: “I know absolutely nothing. Do I even go to university?”

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10. “Of course I won’t start a new show on Netflix until after the exams are over.”

What you mean is: “Avoiding real life by watching TV shows is all I know”

11. “I’m gonna stay off social media and stay focused on revision.”

What you mean is: “I’ll try to only go on Facebook every half-hour instead of every 10 minutes.”

12. “I’ll go to my tutor if I get really, really stuck.”

What you mean is: “I’d rather struggle alone. It’s punishment for missing all of those 9am lectures.”

13. “Everything is fine. I’m not worried.”

What you mean is: “Help me.”

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14. “I can probably get away with only revising some of this module.”

What you mean is: “I actually just can’t handle revising everything.”

15. “I’m sure everyone else is struggling just as much as me.”

What you mean is: “I hope everyone else is struggling just as much as me.”

16. “I don’t regret not starting sooner.”

What you mean is: “I have all the regrets.”

17. “It’s OK. I think I’m making progress now. It’s all coming back to me.”

What you mean is: “I don’t think I’ve ever been this stupid.”

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18. “I’m not going to stop revising this until I’m 110% confident.”

What you mean is: “I’ve already almost given up.”

19. “It doesn’t matter anyway. I’ll probably be able to wing it in the exam.”

What you mean is: “I definitely won’t.”

20. “I’ve done enough. I’ve done everything I could’ve done.”

What you mean is: “I haven’t.”

21. “I can do this.”

What you mean is: “I can’t.”

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