Exams can generate great stress. I have two three hour HR exams in early January. Below are seven areas that I am looking to focus on to try and stay as fit and well as possible in the period up to and including my exams.
Take control of your revision. Construct a revision timetable if you think that will work for you.
One of the most important things, in my opinion, is the environment in which you seek to study. When I am note taking, I like to work in complete silence. If I am skim reading something, or reading something in its entirety, I will happily study somewhere with low background noise like a coffee shop. Figure out what works best for you and run with it.
2 Look for recurring topics
Second guessing an examiner can be tricky, but if a topic is likely to crop up in more than one exam study it in depth.
If applicable have a look at past papers to see if certain themes reoccur again and again. If some do, you can focus your revision.
3 Develop a structured routine outside of revision
Building fun and stimulating activities into our weekly schedules makes us happier, more balanced individuals. Break up your study periods by doing things that you enjoy, like playing sport and working out. When things go well reward yourself; watch your favourite television show, eat that piece of cake… You deserve it.
Where there is life, there is hope. The light at the end of the tunnel or, in this case, the candle on my kitchen table.
4 Have a cut off
You are far more likely to be able to revise well if you are well rested. Prepare to the best of your ability, but do not let revision take over your life; some people and some things are far more important.
5 Drink plenty of water
Being well hydrated makes us function better.
6 Keep things in perspective
The first verse of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer always helps remind me of what really matters:
‘God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.’
Sleep is nature’s calming balm. If you get enough sleep things will fall into place. Be prepared to make the most of your natural body clock and try to marry it to when you are able to study most productively. However, if you like to study in the afternoon through to the late evening, like I do, be sure to get your body clock back on track for your exams.
How do you maintain your wellbeing when the presssure is on?