Are you scratching
your head, skipping your meals (but somehow always have time for Facebook and
YouTube), or spending sleepless nights anxious and stressed? Say goodbye to your
holiday, exam season is coming!
This is one
time when you really need to do your best, otherwise, it might undermine all
the effort you have made during the last few months. However, even many
brilliant students will find it is difficult to manage the time, cope with the
stress of the exam, and meet their assignment deadlines at the end of the
Here are some
tips about how to manage your time, revision, and cope with stress, which will
help you survive in the exam season.
is the art of putting off until later what you could (and probably should) do
right now. It's a common problem for students and probably one of the most
common reasons for poor performance during exams. Sure, what can be done today
can also be done tomorrow or day after tomorrow. However, starting earlier can
always help you to leave more time for preparation. If you want to do well on
exams studying needs to be the most important thing you do. Start as soon as
you wake up in the morning: open your book, grab your flashcards, open your
laptop. The best way to ensure the first thing you do is study when you wake in
the morning is to have everything ready before you go to sleep.
your time and set small goals
timetable will help you to structure your time. You can structure your time
into different blocks, each block is around two hours. Then you can set
different tasks and goals for each time block. Once you achieve your goal
within the time, you can have a little break as a reward. In this way, you will
make use of time more efficiently.
Join a study
It is always a
good idea to take part in a study group with your friends and classmates. You
will find they can help you understand ideas that you would not clearly
understand alone. Likewise, you can also assist them through your insight, and
often explaining something to someone else is the best way to understand it
yourself. This is a win-win situation, as long as you are all committed to
getting the most out of the study session.
It is really
normal to feel under extra stress and pressure during exam season. However, it
is very important to cope with your stress because you should be in the best condition
to meet the exam. If you feel too much pressure, you can give yourself a short
break. Listening to music or watching some movies which you like can help you
relieve the stress. A good break is as important as your revision, as this will
allow time for your brain to rest, and the knowledge to be absorbed.
If you still
feel struggling and anxious, asking for help is never shameful. When
struggling, talk to friends, family, or your personal tutor about how you are
feeling. Alternatively, don't be afraid to seek professional help and support
and utilise the mental health provisions at your institution.
and exercise well
all-nighters, surviving on a poor diet, and getting minimal amounts of movement
into your day can increase symptoms of anxiety. For your body's best
performance, make sure you're getting 8/9 hours of sleep, enough slow-release
carbs, less caffeine and more water, and at least half an hour of exercise per
day. Please remember, exams are important, but you are so much more than your
Believe in yourself
constantly faced with new challenges, we often forget to look back at how far
we have come and how much we have already achieved. Given that you have
prepared well, there should be no reason for you to worry. Therefore, when
experiencing a negative thought, try to replace it with a positive one. For
example, instead of thinking 'If I don't get at least a 2:1, I am a failure',
think 'Whatever I get, I will be proud of myself and value how much I have
already achieved'. You can do this!
I know the exam
season might be a tough time for you and you will meet many different
challenges. However, if you prepare well, study hard, and make time for
yourself, you give yourself the best possible chance of achieving the success
you’ve dreamed of.