- It is important for anyone studying for exams to try and stay as
relaxed as possible and to keep their stress level to a minimum.
Nobody can be perfect and all anyone can do is to do their best.
- You will find it will help to prepare a revision time-table and
set out what topics, subjects you want to cover each day.
- The best way to study is usually in short periods and build into
your timetable periods of relaxation, periods to eat, and time to
- Make revising easier by highlighting the most important areas which
you need to study and make notes of anything you don't understand
or are unsure about and discuss this with a teacher or friend. It
may also be helpful every so often to meet with another student and
both discuss the subject and test each other. You can also give each
other moral support.
- Make sure you get a period of exercise each day, - aerobics, walking,
cycling, swimming, dancing - anything to get rid of the stress in
- Make sure you get fresh air each day - even a ten minute walk in
the park, round the block or spending time in the garden will help.
- Some people find it motivates them to study if they set aside some
study time a few hours before a favourite programme they want to
watch - it helps knowing that after your study you have something
you are going to enjoy.
- In your relaxation time - don't even think about work and exams
- go out with friends and enjoy yourself, listen to music, do whatever
you enjoy and whatever helps you to feel relaxed. That way you will
feel more motivated to continue revising after your relaxation time.
- It is important to eat healthily - little and often. Make sure
that you always eat breakfast otherwise you will feel listless and
lack energy throughout the day and will not be in the right frame
of mind to study. The better shape you are in physically the more
alert you will feel and less stressed.
- If you do find it difficult to concentrate it would be better to
have a break for a while and then go back to it later.
- Never go to sleep straight after revising - you need to have some
relaxation before the end of the day. Maybe have a relaxing bath
before going to bed and try to get to sleep at a reasonable time
so you are not feeling tired the next day.
- If you establish a routine you will find it easier to revise for
exams and it is far better to do some study each day than leave everything
until the last minute which will only make you feel more stressed
- Before the day of the exams check you have everything you need
- pencils, pens, rulers, etc.
- On the day of your exams get up early so you can take things at
your own pace - don't rush and get panicky about being late.
- Read through the whole exam paper before starting the exam as that
will give you an idea of how much time you will need for each question.
- If you can't answer a question - don't panic - go onto the questions
you feel more confident about and go back to the more difficult ones
afterwards - you may find when you go back to the question that it
is easier to answer.
- If you find yourself getting stressed and panicky, take some deep
breadths and slow your breathing down and this will help you to calm
- After the exams don't give yourself a hard time about the questions
you feel you didn't do okay on - give yourself a pat on the back
for getting through the exam and for all the questions you feel you
did do alright on. Then relax - go out and enjoy yourself.
- Remember at the end of the day you can only do your best.
Nobody can ask for more than that!
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