Exams are one of those things that most people have to go through several times throughout their lives. It can be very stressful for a lot of people, so although it is different from my normal posts, I thought that I would offer some advice and tell you some of the things that I did to deal with the stress.
I have just finished Year 11, which means I have recently done my GCSEs, and I know that they may involve a lot less stress than other exams, but they are a big deal at the time. So, here are some of my tips to help you relax.
1. Start revising early.
One of the main things that stressed people out about exams is the feeling that they have no time. This can be avoided by starting early and keeping on top of all of your work. Saying that though, it is important that you don't go full speed ahead to far in advance, otherwise it can lead to you burning out and running out of motivation and energy during the exam period. So just try to find a good balance.
2. Remember that the exam isn't the end of the world.
It may feel like it at the time, but it is important to remember that this exam won't be the be all and end all of your life. Your health is much more important, and when put into context the exam doesn't matter that much. So put a lot of effort it, but not so much that it has a massive affect on you.
3. Find a friend to revise with.
Personally, I am the kind of person who just prefers to get on with it alone, but some people find it a lot easier and less stressful to revise with a friend. You can test each other, and you have human interaction, which makes it feel a lot less boring and tedious.
4. Take time out.
Whether you think that you have time or not, it is important to take breaks. It will make you focus more afterwards, because if you just sit and revise for hours on end, you will reach the point where the information stops going in and it becomes pointless. However, I did find that the longer the breaks were that I took, the harder I found it to get back into it. So, I recommend short breaks often. Also, depending on how far away your exam is, a night off or a pamper evening may not hurt.
Sleep is so important, because not only does it make you feel more focused, but lack of sleep can also make things seem like a much bigger deal, making you way more stressed out than you need to be. Somewhere between 8 and 9 hours is recommended.
I hope that you have found these tips helpful. If you have any more, leave a comment.
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