Exam season — the most stressful time of year for all students. Studies have shown exams are not an efficient way to test a student’s knowledge. Unfortunately, exams are still being used to determine a student’s final grades. Here are helpful tips for you to combat exam stress!
Go for a walk
Keeping focused on your studies is a great way to prepare for exams … as long as you remember to take breaks. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to go for a walk. Walking is not only good for your physical health, but boosts memory and brain power too. If you’re stuck on a particularly hard concept or set of questions, getting outside for a walk can help you reflect on what you’ve learned and return to your studying feeling refreshed.
Set a schedule and stick to it
Many students tend to cram the night before and ace the exam. If this works for you, go ahead and stick to it. However, not all students benefit from this. Creating a study schedule for yourself gives you some sort of plan to follow and will keep you motivated in your task. Check out this great tip by the University of Groningen on how to create a masterplan to success.
Listen to music
Listening to music is a great way to create a calming, positive environment for yourself. Certain types of music can give your mood a boost and spark motivation. While it can be difficult for some students to concentrate on studying while listening to music, there are ways to make it work. Check out this study on how music can boost the effectiveness of your study.
Get enough sleep
We all know how important sleep is for our well being. Yet, many students don’t get enough of it. Between homework, classes, part-time jobs, and a busy social life, juggling the many hats of student life can be tough. However, if there’s one time of year to focus on good sleep, it’s before the exam season instead of after. Here’s how sleep is vital to your academic success.
Remember to breathe
Microbreaks help your mind refocus and are essential for practicing mindfulness. Breathing exercises or meditation are an effective way to calm your nerves and centre . Many students put themselves under too much pressure and experience high anxiety around exams. Just remember to take a few breaths, let go of negative thoughts and most importantly, believe in yourself. You got this!
Talk it out
Discussing upcoming exams with your peers can be beneficial for your well-being. Talk out any anxieties and mental health issues instead of letting it eat you up. Emotional support goes a long way in navigating stressful situations so if you’re feeling in need of help, make sure you ask for it. Even Billie Eilish agrees!
Tune others out
Comparing ourselves to others’ highlight reels is a recipe for disappointment in our own lives. It’s definitely helpful to go over notes with others, but make sure not to get too caught up in comparing your study habits to others. Doing so can cause unneeded stress, as you start to question whether you are as prepared for exams as your peers. The truth is you are likely doing fine. Trust in your own methods!