Spring spells exams.
It’s prime season to be getting all prepped and nervy about pending exams. Whether it’s your GCSE’S, A -Levels or University exams, they are stressful beyond belief. The pressure to succeed and do well, and the knowledge that the next few weeks will be filled of cramming in as much revision as possible. Really doesn’t spell out fun does it?!
When we’re stressed, our bodies release hormones that can cloud our judgement and can reduce our immune systems.
Basically, stressing about your exams can actually cause you to perform badly on the day, compared with a calm, rational approach. It can even lead you to feel unwell and catch common colds! All in all, being really ruddy stressed is not ideal!
For this post, I have teamed up with Brampton College to give you a little advice on how to reduce your stress levels during this critical exam season.
Prioritise your time
Top tip : Get yourself a schedule.
Draw up a revision timetable so that you can allocate revision sessions to each subject, dedicating additional time to areas that you’re struggling with.
Being prepared in this way will prevent you from wasting time and procrastinating with the likes of Netflix and Sims ( no, just me? ).
Once you complete each revision session, tick it off your timetable. Reward yourself with a break of even some choccy. Seeing the revision periods being crossed off will motivate you towards the end goal – and keep you sane.
Be organised & create a routine
Top Tip : Organise revision days into working hours – 9-5pm.
Organisation is vital, and takes more than just a revision timetable. You’ll also need to adopt a regular routine; don’t sleep in until lunch time one day and then get up at 7am the next. Sticking to a routine well help you feel in control of your day and wayyyy more productive.
You could write up some to-do lists to ensure nothing gets forgotten. It’s also important to plan some you time too; you need to take breaks from your revision so that you don’t lose momentum.
Curb the distractions
Try and break free from all of the distractions around you, especially social media. Distractions can lead to wasted time and wasted time leads to last minute stress.
Put your phone on silent or leave it in a different room all together. If your mind is wandering during revision sessions, it won’t be productive and you’ll panic when you realise you don’t know as much as you thought you did.
If you are struggling with stress, be sure to talk to someone about it. Sometimes, when it comes to emotions, all you need to do is let it all out and you’ll feel better. If you speak to friends, family or your teachers, you may receive some helpful advice that will help you rise about the stress.
Remember, all you can do is your best. Work hard, revise where possible but don’t out too much pressure on yourself.
Do you have any tips for those revising for exams? Struggle with exam stress? Be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below.