Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Sunday Post: Making It Through The Exam Period


Tomorrow is my first exam of my second year at university and let me tell you it is a grim one (seriously it doesn't get much worse than land law). As I'm sure a lot of you do, I tend to get quite stressed and panicky at this time of year and have done since my A Levels so this year I've been trying to chill out a little bit more and I can honestly say I think I have managed it. I'm not stress free by any means and have had some really stressed out days but it is fair to say I've coped a hell of a lot better than last year, despite having more exams! So I just thought I'd write this post with a few little tips that have helped me chill out a little bit because after all, exams aren't nice! 

1. Take a break. Probably the most important one on this list. You can't overdo it with the revision otherwise you'll burn yourself out and it will actually be more detrimental to your results. I try and have a break every hour for about 10 or 15 minutes and I find it really helps me concentrate on my work more during the hour of revision. Even going downstairs and making a cuppa can be a little break or having a quick check of instagram! 

2. Make it enjoyable. If you make your revision more enjoyable, you're more likely to stick at it without drifting off and doing something else. Okay, I know I must be mad to put the words "enjoyable" and "revision" in the same sentence so maybe I should say more enjoyable. For example, I started watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix a few weeks ago and every time I revise I put it on and watch it while revising. I know some people need silence to revise but for me this really helps me get through it! 



3. Treat yo self. This is probably a tip for life in general! I find that getting myself little treats is a really great way to cheer me up if I'm feeling a bit stressed out. It doesn't have to be anything huge or expensive; I just got myself these little boxes of tea that are a bit more expensive than the ones I usually buy and it does really give you that little uplift. Also, I like to tactically order parcels to come on a day that I know is going to be really crappy, just so I have something to look forward to no matter how the rest of the day goes. Cheesy I know but it makes the day a little bit easier!

4. Have a bit of a pamper. Face masks, pizza, Netflix, Lush bath bombs. The perfect ingredients to a pamper break and we all know just how much difference a bit of "me time" can make to your mood. I know I always feel so much better after a hot bath with my nails freshly painted - the little things really make an impact on your mood!

5. Remember that your mental and physical health are the most important things. Finally, don't let revision and exams overtake your life. I really struggle with this one as I kind of fixate on my exams and last year I got really ill and was constantly exhausted because of it. I haven't let that happen this year and I honestly feel so much better for it and so much more positive. Your mental and physical health are so much more important than any exam; don't slack off so much that you will panic the day before the exam and think "shiiiiiit" (c'mon we've all been there! It isn't a nice feeling!) but don't go the opposite end and put too much pressure on yourself. Relax!

I'd love to hear your tips for keeping exam stress on the down low! Leave me some tips in the comments!

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24 comments

  1. Whenever I have a tough exam period, I always rely on exercise, green tea and healthy foods! I can't study if I feel like crap. Great post. x
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  2. Good luck with exams! Pretty Little Liars makes everything better.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  3. Good luck with your exams! I get super stressed at this time of year too. It's fair to say I've had a few break downs this year because of my diss. Taking a break and pampering always helps! : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  4. This is a great post! I'm in my final year at uni and I think I've actually got better at dealing with stress every year. I always eat lots of fruit and healthy meals but treat myself to a bit of chocolate in between and I always have the evenings to just chill and watch netflix. I probably do need to take more breaks during the day though.
    Good luck!

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  5. These tips are definitely helpful right now as I'm sitting my GCSEs, I know compared to other exams they are waaaaaaaaay easier but the amount of pressure teachers have put on us is ridiculous! I think I cope quite well with stress eventually, but I definitely need to remember that these exams won't determine my life!

    Infinity Of Fashion// Lucy Jane

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  6. Exams suck but since leaving uni I would happily sit more just to go back to the Uni good times!

    Good luck!

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  7. These are all so, so important and are definitely things I try to adhere to once exam time comes around. x

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  8. great tips!

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  9. I recently had my Journalism Law exam, it's the only law module I'll ever have at Uni but the exam made me want to cry when I got out! I'm hoping I at least scrap 40% and be thankful I don't have exams in my last 2 years of uni... good luck, I'm sure you'll do better than I did!

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  10. Ughhh, I'm in the second week of exams right now and I am exhausted! Gahhh, great tips! I shouldn't procrastinate like I am right now though...hahaha

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  11. Great tips! Though I don't think I could have Pretty Little Liars on in the background! I'd definitely get distracted!

    Serena / www.ramblingsofanotheunistudent.blogspot.com

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  12. I definitely needed this post, so stressed! I agree with the break thing, if i dont take them then my mind just fries


    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

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  13. Great post, wish I could watch something and revise at the same time but I would definitely get distracted! x
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  14. Good luck with your exams! I really need to start watching pretty little liars, heard so much about it! I tend to get stressed and panicky easily too, especially with work, I have to keep reminding myself to pencil in "me time" to counteract it as well!

    Lucy x
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  15. Good luck with your first exam! These are great tips, although I had my last exam for the whole of uni last Tuesday so I won't ever have to worry about making through exam period again, which makes me kind of sad in a weird way aha!

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  16. I love the show "Pretty Little Liars" and can't wait for the next season to come out on NetFlix. I've heard there will be at least 7 Seasons.
    Best of luck with your exams! I remember cramming like crazy the night before. You've compiled an excellent regimen for preparing yourself physically and mentally. With such a thorough and organised approach I'm sure you'll do brilliantly.

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  17. Ah good luck Amy! I'm so happy my exam days are behind me! Pukka teas are absolutely delish, so worth a little treat! ;) x

    Mary
    www.littlefeatherstyle.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. good luck with your exams! I love pukka tea, especially the cleanse one x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  19. Face masks always work for me, pamper sessions for the win! X

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  20. I'm always that person who thinks 'shiiiit' the night before an exam or deadline and is then up alllll night cramming! Then thinking I definitely won't do this next time . . . but then I do!
    Good Luck with your exams!

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  21. Physical health is so important, as is breaks. I gave myself repetitive strain whilst revising last year, three days before my first (of 8) exams I couldn't hold a pen. I have no doubt it affected my results (as I didn't fail I couldn't apply for special considerations - though its there if I am borderline on grades at the end of my degree) and I'm gutted as it was entirely self inflicted by working too hard.

    Good luck! x

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  22. lovely helpful post! i too get so stressed out around exams and find myself run down and a bit ill, i'm trying to not stress out though by doing some of the things on your list, hopefully it will work!
    alice | http://alicelester.blogspot.co.uk/

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