Surviving the Exam Period

Unfortunately for most of us exams are unavoidable. For me currently, it is exam time and I am working my way through with the thought of a week at the beach to ease my pain. It really can feel like you're going crazy when staring at those books for too long, so I've compiled a list of things that keep me feeling level.

These are key if you want to study for a long period of time. I always find myself making excuses to get up, and snacking is one of them. Plus, you can use food as a motivator or just a way to incorporate something positive into such a boring task. They really do keep you going as well, so if you're feeling a little on the drowsy side a snack will give you a boost.

I cannot tell you how many times I've felt weary and my eyes have started going blurry out of what I thought was brain strain, when I was just actually dehydrated. Keep a big ol' bottle of cool water with you while you work and keep sipping at it! There is nothing more important than staying hydrated, but when you're studying it can really effect the quality of the work you are doing.

Work Smart, Not Hard
Okay, while you may still have to work hard to get the mark you're after, you can still be smart about the way you are working. When it comes to studying I have seen people do things in the most ineffective, laborious ways and  I'm someone who likes to cut things down as much as possible.

Instead of copying out slabs from the textbook, which is time consuming as well as ineffective (tab that page if you really need to re-read it again!), dot point in your own words! Dot points are a great way of not only condensing the information into manageable pieces, but it also helps the content you need to learn look much less scary than what it is. Using your own words makes sure that you are thinking about what you're writing, rather than mindlessly scrawling away.

Instead of rereading something over and over again, turn it into a game! Flash carding glossary words or Q&As is such a great way of making a game out of studying, but also keeps your progress in check. Maybe on the first few tries you'll have a lot of flashcards in the "wrong" pile, but keep going at it and soon you'll realise just how much you're learning and how little you are getting wrong.

Getting enough sleep is key for not only absorbing the information you're learning, but also for giving you the energy and motivation necessary to learn it in the first place. Instead of pulling an all-nighter, go to bed at a reasonable hour and work all day. Getting your sleep schedule out of whack is not a great idea with exams around the corner and can lead to more stress that you don't need.

Be Organised
Finally, be organised! Know when and where your exam is - for school this is straight forward enough, but on a uni campus this is a definite potential pitfall. Half of my campus is unexplored by me because that's not where my faculty lies, so when I have an exam over there I ensure I know exactly where I'm heading. Know how you're going to get there as well, and aim to arrive thirty minutes early just so you have some time up your sleeves!

What are your tips and tricks for surviving exam week?

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  1. I always bullet point in my own words, it makes it so much easier to remember too!! And organisation is key to everyday living I think, so especially when it comes to exams! Good luck with yours!

  2. Great tips! I really miss school and even exams! I'm going to share these with my younger sister who struggles with exam time because she gets very stressed out.

  3. Un gran post!

  4. Found your blog recently and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

  5. I needed these tips, do not want to go back to school to be faced with exams! x

    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  6. Bullet pointing helps so much! And thank you for the well wishes. x