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How to be Calm, Organised and Positive in the Run up to Exams

1. PLAN!

Obvious but essential! Try to map out the week ahead on a Sunday night, sort out when you will do what for the next seven days – allocate hours for revision, assignments, and down time. Revision timetables with hourly slots are a great way to do this, as well as weekly planners and there are obviously apps that do it for you and make it very easy.

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2. Don’t overload

Regular breaks are an absolute necessity if you want to do well. Revising for hours on end until all hours of the night might seem like a good idea in the height of your panic, but it won’t do you any good in the long run. Find out what time your work best – for some it’s early morning and for others it’s late at night – and work around that, scheduling breaks between your prime working times.

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3. Eat well

Try to eat foods that help your brain to function, such as wholegrains, oily fish, berries and nuts – these will not only help you in aspects such as memory and concentration, but will also keep you at a good and safe energy level – eating sugary foods will result in a crash soon after, which is not what you need when you’re revising (that said, don’t forget to treat yourself, we all need to indulge every now and then!).

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4. Meet up with your friends or do something you enjoy

Again, revising all day every day seems like a good idea, but your brain and body will need a break. Take time out of your schedule to meet up or spend time with your friends, read a book, go for a walk (Williamson Park is lovely, or even just the Woodland Walk around campus) or a swim, go for a meal. Whatever you enjoy doing. Having a healthy mind is one of the most important things to consider in the run up to exams – taking time to de-stress will benefit you so much in the long run!

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5. Sleep well

Being tired can completely throw you off your game and can mean the difference between a pass and a fail – try to get a good nights’ sleep in every night – as good as possible anyway.

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