Revision and exam time can be super stressful but here are 10 top revision hacks to reduce your exam stress!
1.) Get motivated!
It can be hard to just start and get into the flow of things! Start in good time by doing something. It doesn't matter how small, just something that helps with your upcoming exams.
2.) Get organised!
Create a timetable. Organise your revision in small chunks which helps it to become more manageable and less daunting.
3.) Stay off social media
It can be easy to procrastinate by scrolling through Instagram. A good way to keep concentration is to use apps such as: Selfcontrol and Cold Turkey.
4.) Reward revision
It is important to reward your revision. Small incentives such as an episode on Netflix once you have revised a module help to keep you motivated. Book a gig or a holiday for when exams are over to celebrate your hard work!
5.) Have a great revision playlist!
Revision isn't usually fun, here's a way to make it less terrible! It can be difficult to concentrate with lyrics but instrumental music settles in the background and helps you sharpen your focus. Try out different playlists and see what works for you.
6.) Sleep well
Go to bed early and aim for 8-9 hours sleep per night. Revising is exhausting and getting a good night's sleep will help your concentration.
7.) Eat the right foods and drink lots of water!
It is really important to drink lots of water throughout the day. The best brain foods are: oily fish, broccoli, tomatoes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, lean meats and chocolate. Good news is that chocolate has many great health benefits. Studies have shown that not only can chocolate reduce your blood pressure, but it also keeps your brain alert and focussed.
Break up your revision with some exercise! Whether it's a brisk walk or a session in the gym, not only will it let your mind relax for an hour, you'll also get a burst of energy
9.) Take time to rest!
It's important to rest! You are not a machine so make you sure factor some down time. Maybe catch up with a friend for coffee or go and see a film. The most productive brains have to rest properly!
10.) Keep it in Perspective!
Focus on you and don't worry about anyone else. Remember your best is good enough. Do not worry about others! Keep everything in perspective - in 5 year's time this will not be a concern and regardless of the outcome, things will be ok anyway.
Best of luck from the team at graduatejobs.com!