Grades of glory

The season is fast approaching… that dreaded exam period! Exam time can be very stressful and nerve-wracking for uni students. Sometimes stress can be good – a positive motivator – however too much stress and nervousness can become a hindrance, especially if it obstructs your performance! Without further adieu, here are some tips I have acquired during three years of uni to make the exam period less stressful.

1.     Plan, plan, plan!

As the exam nears, it’s helpful to create a study plan to help you study effectively. It’s true that some people concentrate better at night, and others prefer to get it all done in the breezy morning sunlight – so it is best to stick to a consistent pattern so your body can adjust. Try and map out all the material that has to be covered and make a schedule so that you know how much you will need to study each day!

2.     Get hold of old exam papers

It’s always good to find out what kind of questions came up in previous exams, to get a rough idea of what you are facing. It will give you an idea of the layout, style of questions and the amount of time you should be giving each question.

3.     Get ‘some’ sleep!

I know most of us have done our all-nighters. Sometimes it does work, but it is very important to try and get your 7-8 hours of sleep if you can during the lead up to your exam. It is always good to be well-rested and well-nourished. Taking care of yourself and being in good mental and physical condition is crucial to success. The last thing you want to do is ruin your hard work by ignoring your well-being!

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