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Tackling Exam Stress | Handy Tips

While some students won’t have any exams at the moment, others will have plenty in the upcoming weeks. I have completed one exam this month and have four more with three of them on the same day, so revising is a key priority for me at the moment.

Being a budding fashion journalist, my NCTJ’s are very important to me and I’m hoping to do well on them all. Revising can be difficult and exhausting. So, I’ve decided to come up with a few tips for making it through exam season…

  • Take short breaks.

Don’t sit for hours on end without giving yourself a break because the information won’t go in. You’ll concentrate more if you have a well-deserved break then come back with a fresh mind.

  • Sit upright, preferably at a desk.

I’ve found revising in bed doesn’t work for me and leads to distractions.

  • Avoid just reading your notes.

The information won’t go in as well. Be practical, make mind-maps and test yourself.

  • Teach others.

It has been proven that the best way to learn information is to teach it to someone else.

  • Try past papers.

Then you’ll get a feel for the exam and feel more confident when you’re doing the real thing.

  • Make a revision timetable.

Having fun when you’re revising is important so you don’t turn yourself into a revision zombie. Make time for treats in between your work.

  • Do your best.

No one can ask any more of you. As long as you’ve put the effort into revising and know you’ve tried as hard as you can, then you’ve done your best.

As someone who is full time at university and works part-time, I know how difficult finding free time can be. But, all of this hard work will be worth it in the end!

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11 Comments

  1. Hannah Shaw 17th January 2018

    I’m literally rubbish when it comes to revising and chose to go to a uni that had no exams, but since I’ve changed uni, I have three coming up 😭 two are open book which is fine but I’m so stressed about the closed book one, I literally have no idea how to revise, I just re write all the slides because that’s the best way for me to remember things 😢

    I’m definitely going to try mind maps this time round

    Thanks gal xxx

    • fayejessica 17th January 2018 — Post author

      Mind maps are great! But rewriting without looking also helps you remember more. It may not seem like it at the time, but in the exam you start remembering what you’ve been writing. Good luck!! Xx

  2. sophietrafotoz 17th January 2018

    I have big exams coming up now which will determine if I get into Uni. This post has been bookmarked because its true what you said, for example, you can only do your best, take breaks and not just reading notes – all good advice we need to think about, even if it seems obvious, I never do it and forget that I can only do my best

    Sophie – http://www.trafotoz.com

    • fayejessica 17th January 2018 — Post author

      I’m glad this will help give you a reminder! Good luck with them, I’m sure you’ll do amazing x

  3. Britt | Alternatively Speaking 19th January 2018

    I get distracted SO easily – I literally have to lock myself away in my office with no noise or anything in order to be even remotely productive lol
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    • fayejessica 21st January 2018 — Post author

      Haha! Me too, I need to get away from everything to focus

  4. Josephine Padian 23rd January 2018

    These are great tips for studying. I always revised with my partner and read notes aloud. It really helped me.

    All the best with your exams.

  5. Babybluerascals 24th January 2018

    Good luck on your exams ! I hope you will do great! Don’t forget to nourish your body and soul. Take some time every day to focus on yourself ( I used to schedule it), this will make sure that you feel re-charged and more focused on your studies.
    P.S. I speak from experience after completing two degrees and a PhD 🙂

    • fayejessica 24th January 2018 — Post author

      Thank you so much! I will make sure I do, thank you for your support. Amazing work!! Congrats x

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