It’s a busy time in the academic calendar when SATs, GCSEs, A-levels and university exams all come crashing at the same time. Also, it’s not too long when Entrance Exams come around. Whether you’re at the beginning of your exams or in the middle of them, our top 10 tips to cope with exam stress will help you (or your child) get through this busy time.
1. Make a study schedule
Fair enough, if you’re in the middle of exams this advice might come a little late. However, no matter how much time is left in your exam season, planning your time carefully will be a real game changer. So, for example, take the amount of hours or days you have (left) to study. Then break up that time between all your exam subjects, prioritising those that require more time. Lastly, write down exactly what you plan to accomplish during that time and try to follow that schedule as closely as possible.
2. Organise your study space
Whether you love an organised chaos or love everything neat and tidy, make sure your organise your work space in a way that works for you. This will help you focus on the tasks ahead and you’ll know where everything is. It also includes ridding your study space of all distractions and this includes your phone or tablet. Social media offers various distractions and encourages you to compare your abilities with others — all things which won’t help you create a productive study space.
3. Sleep well
We’ve written elsewhere why trading in sleep for studying is of little benefit. So, read this blog post and ensure that you get enough sleep during revision and your actual exams to be in top form.
4. Eat healthily
It’s tempting to order pizza and snack on junk food during busy revision times. However, this won’t decrease your exam stress but leave you feeling sluggish and lethargic. Eating healthy food will make you feel better inside out, reduce your exam stress, and keep your stomach feeling fuller longer, helping you to concentrate. And don’t forget to drink enough water!
5. Take breaks regularly
As you draw up your exam schedule, make sure you schedule in some breaks. Take this time to leave your study space and get some fresh air, meet a friend or take a walk. Breaks like this will help you deal with exam stress and study more effectively.
6. Try some exercise
If you hate exercise, we have some bad news. Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever and building some into your busy exam season will surely help relieve any exam stress. Yoga, for example, is a brilliant way to incorporate some exercise into your routine. Or even if this means you’re only walking round the park, trust us when we say you’ll feel much better for it.
We regularly incorporate meditation in our tutoring sessions because it calms the minds of young and old alike. Give it a go — even if it’s only for 5 minutes — and see how it impacts on your ability to focus on the task at hand. On this note, sometimes all it takes is a few deep breaths. Remember this when you get stressed out during exams.
8. Get a massage
We know this might not be a feasible option for everyone. However, if this is an option, consider booking a massage to decrease your exam stress. A massage in a peaceful setting can calm your thoughts and take your mind off your exams. Make sure to see if you can find an offer or, for a cheaper option, trade massages with friends and throw in some human bonding for free.
9. Talk to people
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. This can be a relative or friend, or even a therapist. Laugh, cry and enjoy a conversation with someone you love, whether that’s in person or on the phone. This should put you in a better mood, energise you and help reduce exam stress.
10. Book tailored exam tutoring
Our team of tutors and mentors regularly prepares students for their exams, whether it’s the SAT, Common Entrance, GCSE, A-level or university exams. With our extensive experience, we can help you manage your time effectively, teach you revision and exam techniques, and target and resolve problem areas. Because your education matters for life, speak to our education consultants now at 02030867311 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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