Ah, the ever-familiar exam period. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try and keep your cool, it can feel like everything is on top of you.
This article will be short and sweet, I promise, as the last thing you need when exam pressure is high, is to be reading a long article about running out of time.
We are here to save the day (in time for your deadlines) with these tips to eliminate that exam stress!
1.Prioritise your time
I can not stress this enough. Prioritising your workload correctly will help to reduce your stress levels completely, as the most important tasks are covered at that time. Even noting down a list in your notebook, its all one step at a time.
2. Work in the way that is best for you
This might seem a little confusing at first. However, many things can impact on the way you work, and how you concentrate. For instance, your environment. If you’re alone or not, or writing down notes on paper or on a computer. Everyone works in different ways, it is what suits you that matters.
After finding how you work best, get yourself to the library or put some music on. The quicker you take advantage of it, the more beneficial it will be.
3. Plan, Plan and yes, PLAN!
Planning is key even though you may feel like it will take up too much time. However, I guarantee you will most definitely not regret it. It will take a whole load of pressure off if you have successfully planned your deadline, or even what tasks you are going to pursue throughout the day. You will be sure to hand in something that you’re proud of.
4. Treat Yourself
I know, easier said than done, but try not to give yourself such a hard time. All you can do is try your best.
Taking breaks in between study sessions is more likely to give you the motivation to work harder. So go out for dinner with a friend for an hour, watch some TV, or even have a nap. Just as long as you get back to work eventually, there is no reason why you can’t take some time out. Procrastination can be tempting, but you have every time to procrastinate when everything is handed in. The end is on the horizon!
5. Reach out for help
No-one likes admitting that they need help at the best of times, but the University is there for you. Visit the Academic Skills website for Staffordshire University, where it has tips on stress management and how to solve it in this difficult time. Even just sitting and talking to a friend, or close relative even for a few minutes can alleviate your stress levels.
Good luck and go and smash those deadlines!