In the final few weeks of exams stress can begin to take its toll, so it’s important to stay motivated and keep focused. Here are our top 5 tips on how to keep happy and healthy until the end of exam season:
1. Peak study time – Everyone is different and operates best at different times of the day. If you work best in the morning, then work on the elements of your revision that you find the most difficult first, followed by topics you feel more confident with in the afternoon. Working this way will allow you to work more effectively and allow difficult information to process better.
2. Eat well – Although eating junk food might feel like a fast fix to your energy levels, it only provides a short-term solution. Slow release foods such as porridge and wholemeal bread, release energy more evenly and so provide you with much needed energy throughout the day. Start the day with a good breakfast and keep a supply of fresh fruit at hand to satisfy those mid-study cravings.
3. Sleep – Whilst you might feel that you don’t have time to get a good night’s sleep, this is vital to your ability to study productively. Most people need between 6 – 9 hours rest per night, so just as you have planned your revision timetable, plan your sleep too.
4. Take regular breaks – Revision is often a stressful time, as there is a lot of work to get through, but taking breaks is important to allow your brain time to digest information. Plan a break for at least once every 1.5 hours and ensure your break is effective by leaving your workspace; perhaps take a walk, watch an episode of your favourite TV show or read a magazine.
5. Keep social – Burrowing away in your room might feel like the best way to focus during revision, but staying social during revision time is important. Set up a study session with fellow students or get a friend to test you. Even working in a place where there are other people around can help you feel connected to a world outside of revision.
Good luck to all our students in the final weeks of the exams!