People are always saying that one of they key’s to successfully preparing for an exam is not to panic. Well, personally I think that’s easier said that done!
Despite the fact that I am feeling pretty good about my preparation so far, with 4 days left until my (one and only) exam, every now and then I am still struck by a ten minute episode of absolute panic. I get that sick to my stomach feeling and just keep thinking that failure is inevitable – it’s absolutely not, I just become a pessimist for a short time while panic overtakes me!
But I’ve found that the best way to overcome this is to take breaks. Of course, my first instinct is to revise 24/7 because I need to cram all sort of different facts and figures into my head and I’m wondering where I’m going to fit them all. By doing this however, I noticed that I was becoming increasingly more panicked and was thinking about my exam every waking hour.
And there were many waking hours because it was effecting my sleeping! I would feel tired, but then as soon as I would get into bed I would be thinking over everything that I’d read that day and wondering how the exam would go. I just couldn’t turn my brain off, so I decided to change things.
Throughout my daily revision plan I have marked specific times for breaks. Of course, a very important break you should take is for meal times – food is brain power, as I’m sure you know!!!
I also make breaks for a range of other activities, say for a half an hour episode of Friends, a bit of exercise to wake me up a bit, or just some quiet time to relax and switch my brain off. Actually, I’m taking a break right now by writing this blog post!
Just by doing something non-revision related for a little while has improved my stress levels, but I also feel like I’m taking more information – so it’s a win, win really.
So if you’re feeling the exam stress right now, take a break! Do something fun. The University are also putting on loads of events to help people to relax at this time, you can find out more about them here.
Just remember, keep calm and take a break!