Here is a list I made up of 10 things I like to do after exams.
1 ) Sleep: I usually come home from an exam and jump into bed to catch up on my lost sleep. The couple of days before my exam I find it difficult to get to sleep because of the looming exam but after my exams are finished, I need that period of rest to recuperate from the stressful exam period!
2 ) Go for a celebratory meal: This is something that gets me through many long periods of revision. The thought of going somewhere nice to eat and just having a generally pleasant meal and having a fun time with friends without that nagging feeling of having to revise at the back of my mind is a welcome end to revision and exams.
3 ) Pack/throw away notes: This is very satisfying. Its something that I almost see as a ritual. Packing away revision notes and folders full of lecture notes somewhere under my bed or in a dark cupboard somewhere is very satisfying indeed. And it is refreshing to wake up to an empty desk rather than one full of piles of paper and notes.
4 ) Catch up with my emails/Facebook: I try to restrict my social life as much as possible during exam period so I don’t get distracted whilst I am revising. This usually results in long lists of emails and Facebook posts needing to be read which I end up replying to very late!
5 ) Clean my room: I’m normally a very tidy person but during the exam period I don’t know what happens but I end up with clothes on the floor, my cupboard a tip and papers scattered around my room. However, its only when my exams finish that I see this mess and so clean it up. During exams its like I have beer goggles on and my eyes just skim over it all!
6 ) Make something yummy to eat: I love to bake cookies and cakes and the majority of the time they turn out to be quiet nice! I don’t get much time in between revision to bake something, and I’m usually so distracted that I end up adding the wrong quantities of ingredients so my final product is barely edible! After my exams are over, I enjoy baking something and then eating it whilst I relax.
7 ) Read a book: I have yet to find a book to read this time round. I love reading fiction, especially since it makes a nice break from all the textbooks and journals I have read throughout the year. Anyone have any recommendations?
8 ) Lounge about without feeling guilty: This always gives me a wonderful feeling! I can sleep in, relax in the sun and surf the internet for hours on end without that nagging thought of looming deadlines and exams.
9 ) Return my textbooks to the library and secretly feel smug about others still having exams: Ah its always great fun to watch my textbooks being carried away on the conveyor belt of the Books Returns machine in the library and knowing it will be at least a month before I need to bury my head in them again. Seeing other students furiously scribbling away and revising for their upcoming exams when I have already finished makes me feel just a bit guilty but mostly relieved that I am no longer in their situation.
10 ) Enjoy the sun: Not that the sun likes to wait around till after my exams are finished. (Just look at the weather now- all dull and wet compared to the bright sunny skies we had approximately two weeks ago)! When it does come back though, I shall thoroughly enjoy eating ice cream and soaking up the sun without a textbook or any revision notes in sight!
Do you do anything particularly interesting after finishing your exams? If so leave a comment and it may give me something to do in all this free time I now have!
5 responses to “10 things to do after exams:”
Yes indeed totally I agree with you, we all suffer post-exam syndromes and need some resting but what could you advice for a general certificate student??I hope you reply soon:)
Hello! Hmm are you a GCSE student thinking of studying further?
Hello there ! I love your description of waking up and seeing the desk free from paperwork, makes me feel so relaxed and so ready to get through those exams, but I started feeling terrible for you when you couldn’t even back properly! On the other hand, just shows what you go through to get the top grades! I love spinning a Jackson 5 record on the phonograph and drinking homemade ice tea! I am currently in year 10 so my head isn’t rattling yet Just yet. By the sounds of it though – I will be so relieved to walk out of the exams! Greetings
Hi! Thank you for your comment. Being in year 10 you still have a while before you have to sit university exams but it’s never too early to practice good revision techniques. Everyone has their own way in which they like to relax, drinking homemade ice tea sounds great!
well the idea for taking rest is very right..My friends are on a tight schedule ‘coz of exams while i’m free here after finishing mine..so its a wonderful day again and i love to relax..never miss a chance to be happy and make others happy (talking about friends only :P) and yes, its like, my time, i do whatever and whenever i want to.. but there’s one thing, One got to do something productive..it shouldn’t be a waste of time and energy.. 🙂