These are some top tips for dealing with stress:
1. Get plenty of sleep
Try to keep your sleep routine as regular as possible
2. Take a break
This is really important, you should give yourself plenty of short breaks as you revise, this keeps you fresher for longer, and so you will learn more.
3. Time for yourself
Try to leave enough time in your revision for some fun. You will need to put your books down and do something you enjoy for a while if you want to stay in a good mood.
4. Be realistic
Don’t try to do too much work each day. If you over do it you won’t take in the facts you’re revising.
5. Eat properly
Make sure your diet includes plenty of fruit and veg. Drink juice or water, avoid too much tea or coffee.
6. Get some exercise
It’s a fantastic stress buster. Go running, skateboarding, play a sport, or just take a walk around the block. You will feel more relaxed. If you’re not sleeping very well exercise can make a real difference.
7. Be positive
Don’t beat yourself up about things, instead be nice to yourself. Make a quick list of five things
you’ve done that you are proud of. This will put you in a good mood and you will learn more.
8. Chill out
If you are starting to lose it, and feel that the studying is getting on top of you – take a bit of time to:
- Breathe deeply.
- Tell yourself how well you are doing.
- Remind yourself that everything is going to turn out alright.
- Stand up straight and smile, you will feel a bit better straight away.
If Your Mind Goes Blank in an Exam
When you see a question you can’t answer and your mind’s gone blank, don’t panic!
Just sit back, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to calm yourself.
Try to relax and, when you’re ready, read the question again or move onto the next one.
Remember, it’s better to write something down than nothing at all!