If you have exams looming over you, it’s only natural that you will feel a little stressed. After all, there’s nothing more troubling than having mountains of revision to finish and not enough hours in the day. Well, not only is stress generally bad for your mental and physical health, but it can also hold you back from getting the results you need. If you want to beat that stress for good, here are some handy tips!
1. Be prepared
Preparing yourself for this time is important. Now is the time to settle down and start studying. Don’t rush ahead and start right away. Instead, you need to mentally prepare for what’s going to happen. The more relaxed you are, the better.
2. Make an action plan
When are you going to study? What are you going to study? How long will you study for? Will you hit the library or stay at home? If you can’t answer any of these questions, something is wrong. Make a plan now.
3. Work when it suits you
Remember, there are no rules when it comes to studying. If you happen to be a night owl, you absolutely can revise late into the night. If you’re more of an early bird, get up at the strike of dawn and get to it. Don’t let anyone tell you that there are only particular times in which you can study.
4. Take plenty of breaks
No matter what you think, breaks are important. You might believe that spending ten hours straight studying is the best way to learn, but it is so not. The last thing you want to do is over-work yourself or you will burn out. Take a break and grab a coffee.
5. Eat the right food
What you eat actually has an effect on how you study. You might feel that you need loads and loads of snacks to get you through, but make sure that you eat the right things. Stick to ‘brain food’ like veg, fruit and fish. Oh, and make sure that you hydrate yourself as much as possible.
6. Exercise when you can
Hitting the gym might be the last thing you want to do when you’re in the middle of exam period, but it could really help you out. You see, when you exercise, it energises you meaning that it’s much easier to get down to revision.
7. Get some sleep!
Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re not resting, you will feel frazzled, which means that your studies will suffer. Don’t make that mistake.
8. Vent to your friends
Sometimes, we all just need to have a little chat now and then. If you’re feeling the pressure, there is nothing wrong with having a little vent to your pals. In fact, it’s actually very healthy to do so.
9. Reward yourself
What motivates you? Sometimes, people find it hard to force themselves to revise. You should consider rewarding yourself when you hit certain milestones. For example, when you can answer all the questions on a particular topic, why not give yourself a break for 20 minutes?
10. Keep things in perspective
Remember, your exams are not the biggest thing you will ever face. (If they were, life would be way too easy!) Sure, you want to do well, but you must not stress yourself out too much. Doing so will only make things worse. Look at the bigger picture.