So, here are my top 5 tips for reducing stress during exam and revision period:
1) Make a revision plan
2) Take regular breaks and make the most of them
To make the most of a revision break it's a good idea to:
- Do something that involves getting away from your books and area of study completely - this really helps to clear your mind, so that when you get back to revision you're starting with fresh enthusiasm.
- Do something that you personally love doing - reading, watching a TV show, exercising - anything! Don't do chores, or something that isn't relaxing and fun.
3) Go Cold Turkey (or get some Self Control!)
Both Cold Turkey (PC) and Self Control (Mac) are amazing products for helping with revision (and both are free to download). You type in a list of all the websites you'd like to be temporarily blocked, set the timer and off you go. I cannot stress enough how amazing Self Control has been for me when I've had exams or a piece of work due.
4) Clear your mind before sleeping
It's not good to finish your studying and then immediately jump into bed to try and sleep, your brain will still be going at a hundred miles an hour and you won't get a good nights rest. Not getting a good nights sleep means you won't be ready for the next day of studying. It's important to take at least half an hour to relax before sleeping - have a lovely soak in the bath or a nice warm, milky drink to send you off.
5) Take a walk
If it's all getting too much and you're on the verge of tears, and/or throwing things, just drop everything, pop on your coat and go for a ten minute walk. This works wonders. I've timed it as exactly 7 minutes from my front door, down to the beach and back - on numerous occasions I've left the house almost in tears and by the time I've got back in and sat down at my work I feel like I can take on the world. You'd be surprised what a bit of fresh air can do! :)
I hope some of you find these tips helpful, do you have any good revision tips?
Good Luck to any of you that are currently going through exam period ♥