How to cope with exams.

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For all those fellow students who are going through exams or will go through exams, here is a couple of tips on staying calm, and making sure you get the best grades possible without turning into headless chickens!

Make a Plan. 

Make a revision plan or maybe a timetable. Anything as long it is something reasonable and realistic which you know you will follow. I made a revision timetable and tried to study 2 hours everyday. Now when creating the time table, I suggest not to allocate specific times to a specific activity for e.g – 7:30 -Maths, 8:30- English. That is good but lets face it-are you sure you will have dinner at 8:37 in the evening and come home from school at 2:23 pm EXACTLY? It’s not a perfect world so don’t bother doing all that. What I did was just allocate the amount of revision per day for 2 subjects or sometimes 3. So I revised any time as long as I doing it for the promised amount. This was more relaxed and actually something I followed. Below is an example of a timetable I made.

Timetable

Figure out your strengths and weaknesses 

Make a checklist for each subject on stuff you need to improve on and struggle with. Design it in a way that you can actually tick stuff off and not just a boring list you look at. Go crazy with making it look attractive. But not so attractive that it distracts you. Colour the boxes in, maybe color code. It’s all up to you! This is a good method in covering areas that are important and helps you keep on track. So next time you sit down to study bio, you won’t be clueless on where to start!

Eat and Drink Lots! 

It is quite important to keep hydrating ourselves and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Try to avoid fast food such as McDonald’s or KFC.  Eating fast food will just increase our chances if getting sick which is distracting whilst revising. You won’t concentrate properly! By drink mildly cold water, our body will cool down and calm us down. The cold water will cool our brain so we will think clearly as blood is flowing more smoothly!

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Don’t forget to sleep

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Make sure you sleep at least 8 hours a day. It gives your brain a chance to relax and also you will be fresh after you wake up. Ready to learn more and concentrate better.  Plus, research shows that you will remember things that you learned before you sleep for a long time. If you are one of those people who have no time sense and will work till you finish it- please change your habits. At one point, you will be so tired that you won’t even remember your name!

Take breaks 

Take breaks every 20-30 mins! This will help you relax and concentrate better when you come back. It is quite similar to sleeping, however, you are more active.  Go out into the garden or into the balcony. Breath some fresh air. Just for a couple of minutes forget that you have exams! This will help you think better and you will work more efficiently!

Exercise

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By keeping yourself active, you are not only keeping yourself healthy but also giving your brain a chance to exercise too! Once you exercise, you’re brain is fresh and is ready to learn! Plus, sitting at a desk and looking into a screen on book is boring and unhealthy. Exercising is like  a break, clearing your mind and helping you think better. But don’t do something drastic that you can’t even keep your eyes open because you are so tired. Activities like swimming, stretching, jogging, power walks and Yoga are advisable.

Avoid those who panic a lot! 

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Just don’t even talk to those people. Don’t even look at them. They have a contagious disease which will be passed on to you and will do nothing but drop your grades! On the day of the  don’t revise. Just look at your flashcards or notes. Skim over them. Eat a nice breakfast. Listen to some music and stay calm. All those people who are panicking will just make you nervous and make you forget everything you have learnt.

Keep in track when and where you work the best!

Having a favorite spot which is comfortable and helps you concentrate is perfect! You will work better and absorb more information. If you like working on your bed, then that’s fine. But make sure, you sit in the write posture so you won’t fall asleep or get a back ache. If you like sitting at the desk, also make sure it’s a right posture. I always had a back ache whenever I sat at the desk. After a couple or months, I noticed my posture wasn’t right, so when I fixed it and sat more upright rather than slouch, I could sit for longer and concentrate better.

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There are other methods. You can Google them but this is what I think you need to do!

I hope this was helpful! Till next time- Bye!

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