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Friday 15 July 2022

10 ways to cope with exam stress

As exam season approaches, students can often feel overwhelming levels of stress that can hinder their revision preparation. Exams can feel like a lot of pressure as students need to get certain grades to get into their chosen University.

10 ways to cope with exam stress

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Students often feel anxious and nervous when approaching this time, so we’ve devised a list of some handy tips on how to manage exam stress...

1. Give yourself plenty of time to study

We would recommend from the beginning to create a study schedule of all the topics you will be going over, but don’t leave anything to the last minute. Although some students may benefit from last-minute cramming sessions we do not recommend this approach to study.

Write down how many exams you have, how many pages you must learn, and the days you have left. Afterward, organize your study habits accordingly.

Remember, if things don’t quite go to plan with your results, then retaking your exams is also an option.

2. Organize your study space

Make sure that you have enough study space for all your texts books and notes, it’s going to really help your revision process with a bit of organisation. Ensuring that the room is sufficiently bright, and your space is comfortable enough is also something worth considering.

It may also be a good idea to remove any distractions from your study space. Hide your phone away, work in a space away from the TV, or anything that takes your attention away from revision.

Feeling comfortable in your study space will really help with your revision. Some individuals find that music helps them when revising while others like the quiet. Some of us need a tidy and organised space to focus, while others like to study in a more cluttered environment. Make sure your study space is right for you though, so that you can fully concentrate.

3. Use flow charts and diagrams

Visual aids can be helpful in helping to memorise study material. Before you have to look at your notes, start with writing down everything you can remember about that topic. Visual aids may help students with making connections and help to memorise points.

The closer you are to exams, it might be an idea to transform your revision notes into a diagram to help refresh any points. The brain processes images a lot faster than words, so creating visual aids is a good way to remember important points ready for exam day.#

4. Sit old past papers

Another effective way to prepare for exams in our experience is to practice with an old version of previous exams.

Sitting previous past papers is a great way to prepare for an exam by doing it under test conditions. Old test papers will show how questions are formulated which will be good for you to know what to expect, but also worthwhile practice for measuring the time you need for the actual test.

5. Explain your answers to others

It might be a good idea to explain your answer to family and friends, it might help you find holes in your answers by getting feedback from others.

6. Organise a study group with fellow classmates

Why not organise a study group with your peers, you can help each other with answers or subject matter you’re not sure about. It can be easy to get distracted though, so make sure you stay focused!

7. Take regular breaks

Remember to take regular breaks in between studying, this will help you to regain your focus. We advise that you do not study for long hours because long-term retention of knowledge is almost impossible. The most important part of studying is to develop a revision routine that fits your study style.

8. Eat well

Try to avoid eating unhealthy foods while you are studying. Keep your body and brain fit by choosing natural, fresh, and vitamin-enriched food that is good for you and would improve your concentration and memory.

9. Plan the day of your exams

It might be useful to check what you can take to the exam hall, where it’s located and what the rules and requirements are. Also give yourself ample time to get to the exam, and plan your route beforehand so you’re not rushing. Being late to the exam could cause more anxiety and added stress!

10. Drink lots of water!

We advised that you stay as hydrated as possible during the revision stage and even during the exam.
If you’re not a fan of plain water, try carbonated or flavored boxed water, just make sure it’s not full of added sugar or artificial ingredients! Remaining hydrated is good for the brain and it can even help your mood.

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