Exam survival tips
Create your environment
It helps to find a comfortable, calm revision space for yourself where you feel able to focus and in control.
Break it down
Don’t overload yourself with too much information. Break your revision into manageable chunks.
It’s OK to ask for help from your teachers, friends and family if you are struggling to understand something, you don’t have to feel you are alone in the revision process.
Take regular breaks
Set realistic goals
The earlier you start revising the more you will be able to spread out your time.
Often people fall down with the format / time restraints than the content of an exam. Allow yourself time to do some practice papers to help you get used to timed writing. If you are struggling to keep to time, speak to your school and see if they can help you.
You and your body
Eat healthily and regularly: Having a steady, balanced diet during stressful periods helps you feel well and better able to manage the pressure.Try to avoid high-sugar, or caffeinated foods and snacks like energy drinks, coffee, sweets, soft drinks and high fat foods as this can make you feel irritable and moody. Be active: Try to be active / exercise as much as possible, aim for 30 minutes a day. This can be playing a sport, dancing, walking, running, swimming...whatever you enjoy.
Sleep: Get plenty of sleep during your revision period. Having enough sleep will help improve your concentration and energy levels, and your general sense of wellbeing and mood.
Aim to have 8 - 10 hours of sleep a night. Allow some time to relax and wind down before you go to sleep, avoiding being on the computer or on your phone. This helps your brain and body prepare for rest and release some of the day’s tension.
Breathe: If you feel yourself panicking or feeling upset remember to take deep breaths, walk away from the situation for a while (if possible) and be kind to yourself. Don’t feel pressured to keep everything going if you need a break.
Time to talk
Talk to others about it if you are feeling stress, anxiety or overwhelmed. Utilise the support network around you; friends, teachers, family, other professionals.
Talking through the problem can help, don’t feel you have to handle all alone. Although you will inevitably have less spare time in the lead up to exams, in moderation it is still important to maintain the positive relationships in your life, see your friends and leave the house during this time.
Revise your way
Everyone has a different learning style, so cater your revision towards what works for you. Don’t stick to just one method of revision if it’s not working for you, try out different techniques that may be better suited and can even make revision fun.
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