Surviving exam season

So you’ve made it to the end of the year, and are ready for a long, hot, coursework free summer. You thought the end was in sight and that your endless monster energy fuelled days spent at the library were a distant and unpleasant memory right? Wrong.

Exam season is upon us all, and that bitter time of the academic year where the rate of wiping the tears from your face with a lecture PowerPoint print out while staring at a bunch of words that make zero sense anymore is at an all-time high. But fear not, this blog post is here to get you through this one time of year where you actually want to go back to your parents for a hug. Here I reveal to you the most helpful tips on getting through your exam revision and not throwing your laptop at the library quiet zone wall in anger.

1.      Write down your agenda for the next day before you go to bed so that you’re not kept awake worrying about how little revision you’ve actually done. Trust me, it helps so much to recognise what you’re worried or stressed about, and make a plan of action of whether it’s a short term thing that you can rectify like falling behind schedule after racking off revising to see friends last night, and then what you’re going to do to get it done and when. It really takes the ambiguity out of it, helping you get some much needed shut eye.

2.      Listen to music while you revise, but only if you find that it helps you to concentrate. Better yet, set some time aside to just lie down with your eyes closed and listen to some tunes that make you feel like you’re at one with nature, and concentrate on your breathing.

3.      Do not, I repeat do not spend every waking minute of your exam season revising. Play time is just as important so that you can wind down and take a break from the soul consuming dictator that is your basics in psychology textbook. I would also advise to make a timetable to map out when you’re going to revise so that you can be sure you’re getting enough in without sacrificing having fun at the weekends.

4.      Stay close to your course mates during this difficult time. Going to the library to revise with a course mate rather than on your own makes it so much easier because you have the support of someone who is in the same boat as you, and you’ll also be able to bounce questions off of each other if you’re stuck. I promise that stress will automatically decrease by 50% when you revise like this.

5.      My final tip would be to just stay grounded-vague, I know. But in all seriousness, you can only do so much. You can only revise so much. You can only email your lecturers in a frenzied panic so much. Just remember that you can only do your best, and all that anyone asks is that you put in 100%. Don’t try and hold yourself up to ridiculous standards that make you pull your hair out over revision because it’s really not worth it. Chances are that if you keep this in mind you’ll do fantastic anyway.

In all seriousness though, the exam season isn’t even that bad anyway. The majority of the time people make it out to sound worse than it actually is and as long as you follow tips like these, you’ll breeze it. Don’t let anyone’s negative comments on it put you off, because if it was that difficult, who would go to university, right?