Dealing with the exam period can be very overwhelming. After all, this is the most important part of the semester when it comes to our marks. The pressure to do well is real, and it can generate a lot of stress and anxiety. Learning how to deal with these feelings is an essential life skill to have, and can help us do so much better in our assessments! Here are a few tips to help you cope with stress and make the most out of this exam period.
Plan your study ahead
Planning your study strategy ahead of time can help a lot with reducing stress! We all know the anxiety generated by trying to cram all of the information for a final the night before. It’s just the worst. It is much better to split the content for your exam into little pieces and start studying as early as possible. This way, your learning is more effective and you avoid unnecessary stress. Look at these tips on exam prep to help you out!
Balance it out
The exam period is mostly about studying, but the fact that we don’t have classes allows us to do some other things. Try to leave some time out of your day to do the things you enjoy. Whether it’s catching a movie, meeting up with some friends, or just going out for a walk, doing things other than study will allow you to clear your mind before hitting the books again. At least, make sure you go outside once in a while to catch some air and clear your mind.
Now, this one is easier said than done. With the intense studying, we sometimes forget to eat properly, get enough sleep and get some exercise. But ignoring to do these will only make your stress worse. Make sure you don’t skip any meals and try to feed your brain some healthy food, along with enough water during the day. Getting enough sleep is also super important, it will help you have a clearer mind and perform better. Also, try to get some exercise during exam in order to relax and stay healthy.
If you are struggling with the content, team up with some friends and form a study group. Helping each other will improve everyone’s learning. Also, you can contact your lecturers and tutors with any questions and I’m sure they’d be more than happy to help you out! There’s also a bunch of services at uni if you’re finding this exam period too overwhelming.
Always remember that exams are not the end of the world. Don’t put an excessive amount of pressure on yourself, just do the work and you’ll be fine. I wish you all the best of luck in your last week of classes and for your exams. Study hard and do your best, the break is almost here. See you in another post!