Wednesday, 8 May 2013

5 tips for a successful exam season!

Hi dollies! I've been a little MIA lately due to the stress of preparing for my exams and having such an enormous workload. I thought it would be a good idea to give you all a few tips on how to prepare for your exams and approach them all confidently. These tips are so basic and I'm sure you've heard of them all from your teachers and online forums.. I just hope this gets you a little more motivated and helps you gain every success!

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Tip 1- Plan your revision

It helps to set out which topics/modules you aim to study each week so that you're able to use your revision time efficiently. Being organised will really help you keep on top of your workload and will also make you feel more confident about approaching your exam as everything will be set out within a specific timescale. Try getting your hands on an A3 sized piece of card and create yourself a little revision table leading up to the week before your exam. Leave an additional week to check over little sections you need to re-cap. Tick off each task as you pass them- being able to see your tasks and see when they will be achieved will make you feel so much more confident about learning everything on time!

Also, please try your hardest to meet your revision deadlines so you don't fall behind! There's no point setting out a revision plan if you're just going to ignore it!

Tip 2- Eat healthily!

This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Eat brain foods like bananas, pumpkin seeds, whole-grains (to keep your brain alert and active), blueberries, blackcurrants, and oily fish like salmon and mackerel (I hate fish so I refuse to do this lol). Eat lots of fruit and greens like broccoli and spinach. Nuts are also great for the brain! I love eating a handful of Brazil Nuts every day so they may be a nice option for you guys. I'm sure you can buy them at regular supermarkets but I tend to get mine from Holland and Barrett.

Take vitamin supplements but remember not to overdo them and mix them all up together. Take them at separate intervals and remember that they are not there to replace natural sources of vitamin consumption. Also, keep yourself hydrated! That way your brain will be all nice and juicy ^_^

Tip 3- Take breaks

I recommend taking a 10minute break with every 20-30mins of revision. Don't just sit on your bum stuffing your face with chocolate during these breaks. Get outside and get some fresh air! Jump around.. scream at the wall.. snog your mums plant pots! Anything to get yourself moving! It's so important to keep yourself motivated and to keep your brain refreshed- doing so will make your learning less dreadful and will also help to reduce your nerves.

I do believe a visit a few times a week to the gym is great too. It may not be a wise idea to revise after your workout sessions though! I just find that exercising makes me a lot more positive about things and it also releases "happy hormones" which are great to have during the stressful exam season!

Tip 4- Don't leave it until the last minute...

I am a TERRIBLE procrastinator. It's only been within the last 8 months that I've really dedicated myself to studying- and even then I don't approach tasks immediately! Leaving things until the last minute will just send you into a complete frenzy. Stress does not help you learn things properly and you're more likely to just race through your topics. So if you're just sat on your computer thinking "Hey I'll start revising tomorrow" after weeks of procrastinating drop those gummy bears and hop to! Seriously, take it from a fellow lazy-bum and save yourself the stress!

Tip 5- Get your beauty sleep!

I know it's always tempting to be a hardcore geek and stay up revising all night long, but please don't! You're less productive when you're sleep deprived and therefore you won't work at your best. Get 9 hours sleep each night.. you'll be thankful for it! If you find it hard to fall asleep thinking about your revision.. relax yourself.. have a nice warm candlelit bath followed by some chamomile tea. You'll be sleeping like a baby in no time! Also, if not being able to nod off is an issue.. I find it helpful to have a clean room and good ventilation- so create yourself a comfortable atmosphere and open up those windows to get some fresh air!

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That's all guys. Good luck to everyone taking their exams and I'm sorry if these tips were too late for some of you! I'm not sure how often I'll be posting leading up to the week of my exams so if I'm a bad blogger I'll be back and free around mid June which means TONS of posts and FOTDs! I think I should probably head off now.. Blogging at work is extremely naughty of me so I'll see you all soon!

Bye bye!