Exam season is just about upon us. I’ve been having a lot of late nights and spending loads of time in the library recently. I’m not looking forward to the next two weeks when things start to get more intense. I managed to finish writing my essays but exams are a much more daunting prospect to me. Having spent a year abroad in Italy, it’s been a while since I sat a formal, written exam at Leicester. That, plus the fact that I’m in my final year, is making me pretty nervous. This time last year I was definitely more relaxed than I am now.
All this stress takes its toll on our bodies, so I thought I’d list some ways to help maximise brain power, improve well-being, and get the most out of revision in these next couple of weeks!
- Get plenty of sleep. It’s a lot more difficult to concentrate and retain information when we haven’t slept much the night before. So it’s important to get a good night’s sleep if you want to have enough energy during the day to study.
- Eat regularly and healthily. Try to avoid skipping meals and aim for three meals a day. Eat foods that are going to boost your brain function, such as oily fish, blueberries, tomatoes, wholegrains, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water per day can help our brains to function better and process the information we need for our exams.
- Do something you enjoy. Studying 24 hours 7 days a week is just completely infeasible. Take a break every once in a while and do something you enjoy when you feel like you’re starting to lose concentration. Watching TV, reading a book, playing a sport, chatting with a friend, checking your social media, anything like that. It will put you in good spirits and get you ready to study some more afterwards.
- Try to keep calm. Getting nervous before an exam is completely normal, but panicking too much can affect your performance in an exam. Sometimes you open an exam paper and feel like you don’t know anything. But that happens sometimes. Just take some deep breaths, read the questions properly, and write out a plan before answering to get everything in your head down onto paper. Then you can start formulating your ideas into coherent answers.
There we have it! Good luck to those of you that have exams this month!