Here are some useful tips to help you all students avoid the many pitfalls of stress, anxiety and panic – particularly when it comes to exam time at school, college or university.
Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with your super-tense friend, especially if they’re complaining about all the work they have to do and breaking pencils all over the place. Their stress will only add to your stress.
Eat healthy and exercise.
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for snacks like Granola bars, healthy cereal or fruits and veggies to keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long period of time, eat some protein too. Also, try to get some form of exercise. Even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused.
Just say NO.
I don’t mean to drugs, although I’m definitely not recommending them. What you need to say no to are the people who want to take up your time. There will probably be a friend who needs to talk to you for hours about their life, or a keg party the night before your final, and if you say yes, you’ll probably be tempted to blow off studying. Resist the urge. Say no to the distractions and be selfish for a day. You want great results, right?
Force yourself to take breaks.
For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want (check Facebook, check out that guy or girl sitting nearby, stare off into space, call a friend, etc.) for those 10-15 minutes, then start working again. This gives your brain a little rest and will help keep you more focused when you are actually doing work.
This is actually my favourite tip of all, even though it sounds kind of nuts. Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed you feel. Then picture the A on your test paper. When you imagine a happy ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it without even realising.
If you’ve studied all you can, get up your confidence!
When test-time rolls around, it’s time to get yourself into confidence mode. You’ve prepared as much as you could, and now it’s time to ace the test. The tip here is to do whatever works to convince yourself you are going to do really well. Again, I know this tip sounds a little crazy but you just have to try it for yourself. I think you’ll like the results.
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