Time is of the essence!
Boost your confidence and reduce any pre-exam stress by avoiding last minute cramming. Leaving plenty of time to revise means you know you have prepared well.
Play is as important as work
Make sure that you build in time to have fun and relax in between study sessions. Develop a timetable so that you can track and monitor your progress.
Take a break
As soon as you notice you are losing concentration, take a short break – go for a walk, talk to a friend or just listen to some music. Then you will feel refreshed and able to concentrate on your revision again.
Another cuppa? Don’t think so…
Don’t drink too much coffee, tea and fizzy drinks; the caffeine will make you feel ‘keyed-up’ and make your thinking less clear.
Eat some ‘superfoods’
Eat healthily and regularly; your brain will benefit from the nutrients. Replace sweets and sugar with ‘superfoods’ such as berries, bananas, oily fish, nuts and broccoli. ‘Superfoods’ can help boost your concentration, energy and mood.
A change is as good as a rest
Experiment with several alternative revision techniques so that revision is more fun and your motivation to study is high.
Give your body a workout (as well asyour mind)
Regular moderate exercise such as a brisk walk, swim or session in the gym will boost your energy, clear your mind and help reduce any feelings of stress.
Tips for keeping calm during the exam:
Try to avoid panic
It’s natural to feel some exam nerves prior to starting the exam and that can be a positive and motivating feeling. However, getting excessively nervous is counterproductive as it hinders your ability to think clearly.
The quickest and most effective way of eliminating feelings of stress and panic is to close your eyes and take several long, slow deep breaths. Breathing in this way calms your whole nervous system.
If your mind goes blank, don’t panic – it just makes it harder to recall information. Instead, focus on slow, deep breathing for about one minute. If you still can’t remember the information then move on to another question and return to this question later.
Don’t dwell on past exams
Don’t spend time focussing where you think you went wrong. Often we are our own harshest critics. Congratulate yourself for the things you did right, learn from the bits where you know you could have done better, and then move on.