#GCTopTips 10: 5 tips for your last few exams
With the exam period in full swing, if you’ve still got exams to sit it’s common to get more stressed about the later exams. Many students prepare really well for their first exams – building a revision timetable, focusing on the exams they have coming up first – but this can lead to some subjects being forgotten about if their exams aren’t until later on. It can feel difficult, but keeping up your revision morale and schedule throughout the entire exam period is really important for getting the best grades you possibly can. Here are some tips to help you re-boot your revision back to 100% and help you keep as stress free as possible right up to the end of your exams.
Top Tip #1: Revamp your revision timetable
Remember that timetable you made months ago to schedule in your revision time? It can be difficult to follow a routine for a long time, so why not revamp your schedule – whether that’s rescheduling revision time around how you have found your studying has gone so far, or even just jazzing it up with some colour.
Making a timetable is well worth the effort, and could possibly be one of the best things to do to prepare for your exams. Having a timetable will also take the stress of your brain for remembering what you have to do and when, and make it easier for you to focus on your studying and switch off afterwards, giving your brain time to relax.
Top Tip #2: Don’t stay stuck inside – get moving
Exercise is a proven way to relieve stress releasing endorphins into your brain and helping you feel more awake, motivated and happier. Plus, with the weather warming up at the moment, it’s also a great option to get a dose of fresh air too – get outdoors! Sunlight and fresh air have great effects on the body. Fresh air helps you to get more oxygen into your body and gives you a boost of energy. Did you also know that spending just 15 minutes in the daylight each day (particularly in the morning) can also help you sleep better?
Top Tip #3: Know what you need to do before your exam
One of the biggest things that students stress over with exams isn’t the revision – it’s the exam itself! By making sure that you know what you need to bring to the exam, what time it starts and finishes, and what kind of exam it is can relieve stress in the days leading up to the exam and leave you free to revise without worrying about what you need for your exam.
If you don’t know what you need – ask! While you may be off revising, your lecturers are still in school or college and can answer any questions you have about the exam. Don’t be embarrassed to ask – your teachers won’t think you don’t know what you’re doing – asking for clarification will show you’re enthusiastic and passionate about your studies.
Top Tip #4: Caffeine is not your best friend
A favourite amongst students during the exam period is caffeine – whether that’s in the form of energy drinks, coffee, or sugary snacks. While caffeine can give you a boost and make you feel alert for an hour or two, eventually your body will readjust and you will have a sugar crash. This can leave you feeling tired and unmotivated, which is a bad combination with revision. By drinking plenty of water and snacking on fruit, nuts and seeds instead will give you plenty of energy, and keep you hydrated and alert – and make sure that you can still get a good night’s sleep at the end of the day. Getting this great night’s sleep is so important. Your memory needs to be working at its peak performance to keep all the information you need to revise, so making sure you’re prepared for at least 8 hours sleep a night will not only help you take more in during the day, but also help you retain it!
Top Tip #5: Make time for relaxation
One of the best ways to keep your stress levels is to make sure you’re taking enough breaks and setting time aside to de-stress after your revision sessions. Taking a 10 minute break every hour can help your brain re-boot – get up and walk around, have a healthy snack, or call your best friend. One of the best ways to relax is by listening to a good relaxing playlist – music can help your brain switch off and can also help improve your mood after a long day revising.
Why not check out our GC Calming Playlist on Spotify? – It’s great as a post-revision chill out, a post-exam stress relief, or for some calming background noise when you’re studying.