For a lot of us, revision is a big part of our uni life. Sure, it depends on what we’re studying, and how our modules are weighted but, more often than not, there will be a couple of times each year when our stress levels shoot up ahead of our end of semester exams. With the Christmas holidays looming, it's easy to forget about studying. But even at this time of year there are loads of things we can do to make exam revision less stressful, so here are some handy tips to help you do just that …
1. Start revising early
Basically, don’t last-minute cram! You know that little niggly feeling you have the whole time you’re ignoring your revision? It’s called fear. Leaving revision until the last minute, or not bothering to do it at all, doesn’t give you more time for going out or having fun, it gives you more time to feel guilty and stressed! Save yourself the hassle and start revising as soon as you can. Trust me.
2. Don’t spend ages making your revision notes look good
You know when you think need to buy the right notepad, or biro or highlighter pens? That’s called procrastination, my friend, and it’s a waste of time! You can use any old notepad and pen. Sometimes starting is the hardest part, so in the words of Nike, just do it.
3. Take short breaks
It’s good for our eyes and our brains if we take ten minutes out of every hour to stretch our legs, grab a glass of water and have a snack. Drinking enough water and making sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner will help you stay focussed when you’re back in front of your computer or books. If you want to be really good about it, try to eat “brain foods” like oily fish, broccoli, blueberries, chicken, eggs and tomatoes.
4. Turn off your phone, email, Whatsapp social media – all of it!
Yep, you heard me! We all know it’s impossible to concentrate with texts, updates and whatever else going off every few minutes. So bite the bullet and put phones on flight mode, shut down email and do whatever it is you need to do to give yourself some peace. You can switch it all back on during your breaks, but it makes sense to not look at stuff like social media too much. It’s too easy to get sucked in!
5. Try reading difficult bits out loud in a funny accent
OK, I know this sounds strange but it actually worked for a friend of mine, I promise! And at the very least it’ll make you laugh.