exam period is a strange time of year with most of us hibernating in a
seemingly inescapable black hole of revision. It's a time when
University rudely presses pause on our laughter and happiness,
forcing us to enter a parallel universe of library visits,
mammoth-sized books, lecture notes and 'group study sessions'. When
you do attempt to do something, dare we say it, fun, the sense of
guilt is overwhelming; that niggling voice in your head
whispering: “shouldn't you be revising?”. That laid back attitude
you had during your GCSEs no longer cuts the mustard and you, as a
result potentially become a frazzled, burnt-out stress head. So here
are a few small tips to help combat those pre-exam meltdowns.
out of the house and taking your frustration in the great outdoors
has countless benefits; a great workout releases feel-good
endorphins, which will help you feel ready to battle another day at
the books. We all know pigging out during revision time is
obligatory, so getting down to the gym or going for a light jog also
means burning off some of those extra calories so you're ready to
squeeze back into your favourite LBD post-exam hell.
in your room all day knowing you're going to be doing exactly the
same boring reading tomorrow, unsurprisingly creates a serious sense
of cabin fever. Motivation levels are at an all time low, so giving
yourself something to look forward to may make you more motivated to
work. After a hard day studying, reward yourself with a trip to see
your friends, a movie and take away or maybe even a night out - you
deserve some down time.
a list of what you need to do for the day might seem futile, but can
make a the thought of revision seem a little less daunting. Putting
pen to paper can help to free up the worrying and means less stress,
as you won't be worrying about forgetting something important. Let's
face it, it's so satisfying being able to put a big tick next to the
completed revision tasks on your 'to-do' list!
*This article was originally published on Her Campus Cardiff. Available to view here.