Exam Wellbeing Tips
Exam Wellbeing Tips
Look after your wellbeing this exam period.
Like any athlete, you have to look after your body and mind to perform at your best in exam season.
Plan Your Schedule
Are you a night owl or an early bird? We all have different times when we are at our most productive and working that out can improve your revision.
Planning out a daily routine to follow is good for the soul. Remember to factor in regular breaks (if you are at a screen, we recommend at least 10 minutes every hour) as these will refresh your mind to keep your sharper for longer.
Prioritise Your Time
To make sure you have covered the right subjects at the right time, draw up a timeline or diagram.
If you prioritise your subjects and workload based on when each exam is coming, you can get a clear idea of how much time you have to dedicate to each topic. If a subject is larger or one you are less familiar with, give it more time in your revision plan.
Tick off your progress as you go to give you a sense of achievement as you make your way towards that finish line!
Break It Up
If you only revise, you might burn out. Make time for something you enjoy to take your mind off any anxiety.
Exercise can get your blood flowing and keep you alert. It's a well-known stress-buster as you release endorphins and trigger a positive mood.
Cook yourself a healthy meal. It's important to eat well to maintain a good energy level. Try to not reach for only sugary sweets or energy drinks to get you through the afternoon. The temporary high you get from sugar is always followed by a crash, which causes fatigue.
You are not alone. Ask you coursemates to share notes as they might have caught something you missed. You can test each other or just share your worries and put them into perspective.
One of the most common reasons for feeling stressed before exams is not being sure what to expect on the day. Ask your tutor for old papers or questions in order to be as prepared as you possibly can be to succeed at your exams.
Just like a dynamic stretch before a run, don't go into a test unprepared. Pack everything the night before. You don't want the added stress of searching for something you need immediately before the test starts.
Make sure you eat a proper breakfast to fuel your brain and optimise your alertness with a proper night’s sleep. Sleep is vital for memory so, in a way, napping is as good as cramming.
Find what works for you but don’t forget help is on hand if you need to talk to someone else. More details and resources can be found here.