We’ve reached the time of year where the looming thought of exams are going to take up 50% of our thought process, while the other 50% is made up of a mix of studying and whether you should be going out! Exam timetables were posted on 15th November (if you haven’t checked your timetable, I’m trying to remind you, cough! cough!). Here are a few tips I’ve found to be useful in my previous experience:
Have structure: As it is to be expected, most people are only starting their studies now, and some only during study week! So, the big question everyone asks themselves as they view the mountain of information provided to them; “Where do I begin?”. I believe creating a plan of action for yourself will give you a starting point allowing you to build on that.
Keeping a routine and taking regular breaks: So, let’s remember those secondary school days where most people were productive in their studies. If you compare the number of exams and assignments that was given to us, we seem to have a lot less in comparison to now. Having a routine, and constant repetition in our daily lives is especially useful when it comes to our studies. But remember, you must also allow yourself to relax as the stress builds. For example, taking a walk, some gentle exercise or watching an episode of your favourite TV series (stick to just ONE episode!!) is a great way to unwind and destress. Everybody is different so find what works for you.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine etc.: Reduce your consumption of these items where possible. The stress of exams might normally lead students to increase their intake of stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes to help with the study process, and alcohol to unwind. As a substitute to these beverages, try to increase your intake of water. It keeps you hydrated but also enables the body to cope better with stress. If water is not your “cup of tea”, then how about some other suggestions; diluted natural fruit juices or even herbal teas (see what I did there).
In conclusion, I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in their studies, and hope you get the results you deserve. Don’t let stress get the better of you, exams are just another point of growth in your life.