It’s that time of year again, when the pressure to do well seems overwhelming and it feels like time is running out to revise everything you need to. Trust me, you are not alone in this. Some stress is normal and can actually make sure we work and function at our best, but it can consume us and become detrimental, especially when exams are looming. However, rather than letting stress drown out your productivity take control of it by following these tips:
- Create a revision checklist:
Make sure it’s realistic and achievable. Break work down in to manageable chunks.
- Find and create the right environment:
If it’s your room, then try and keep designated areas for study and relaxing.
- Think Outside the box:
Don’t just write copious notes. Mix it up and use mind maps, pictures, flashcards, re-call techniques and revision apps.
- Break regularly:
Revise in small time chunks, it’s about quality not quantity! Movement breaks are a really effective way to give your brain and muscles extra stimulation which will improve concentration.
- Use rewards:
When you have achieved, even small goals give yourself a treat, hopefully a healthy one!
- Eat, sleep and exercise well:
Food is fuel! Just make sure it’s nutritious and not full of sugar and caffeine, which will give you a quick fix but will be followed by a crashing fatigue.
Stay hydrated with WATER, it’s great for our brains.
Get outside and move. Exercise is proven to combat stress and improve sleep.
Remember sleep is your friend. It is the process whereby your revision is embedded and clears out toxic by-products that build up throughout the day. This allows your brain to work well when you wake up. Try and go to bed and get up at the same time each day, you can go to bed late when exams are over.
Kill two birds with one stone by engaging in a group study session, or simply arrange to meet up with friends to break from your schedule.
- Ask for help:
If it all gets too much then speak to family, a friend or member of staff. Useful websites to help combat stress and help with revision and exams:
- BBC Bitesize – very useful for revision and exam stress.
Sally Wozencroft – Wellbeing Officer, Cardiff Sixth Form CollegeCategories: Staff Blog