The most stressful time of the year is approaching for all university students: exam season. Students will be piling into the library trying to cram some last minute revision in, caffeine is the only thing running in their veins and the sleep-deprived bags under their eyes are starting to make an appearance. Although exam season is hard and jam-packed full of stress, there are still some ways you can stay healthy and sane.
This is not a post about how you should wake up early and not drink caffeine and get 8 hours of sleep while also maintaining some kind of exercise and personal life. No. This post is just a few things you can do during the lead up to your exams that will make you feel a little better and a little more relaxed.
Tip 1: Do NOT stay in the library all night.
Yes, stay as late as you can, but remember that you are human and all humans need to shower and eat. Go home and take a small break before getting back to revision.
Tip 2: Stay hydrated.
This is a fairly obvious one, but so many forget when you are cramming information into your head. So, instead of gulping down another coffee, try a glass of water instead, you’ll be surprised.
Tip 3: Study Breaks!!!
Now, many of you are probably thinking “well duh” but the truth is that many of us go on for hours before we even think about taking a break. It takes a lot less time for our brains to need reenergizing than we think.
One method I like to use is the Pomodoro Method.
- You focus and work on a task, without disruption, for 25 minutes.
- Take a 5-minute break; grab a coffee, go for a walk, scroll through social media
- Once the 5 minutes are up, back to work for 25 minutes
- Repeat this 4 times and after those 4 take a longer break (maybe 20 or 30 minutes)
Tip 4: Try and get some sleep
Maybe not the full 8 hours, maybe not even 6, but try and rest a little, your body will thank you for it later.
Tip 5: Get some fresh air
During those breaks you have while studying, try and get some fresh air and relax. Even if it is only for 5 minutes. You might be surprised at how much better you feel.
It is important to note that everyone studies differently. So while some of your classmates might be early risers or night-owls, don’t be too discouraged. Remember YOUR end goal and how you best revise and study.