Monday, December 19, 2016

De-stressing during finals week

As the year comes to a close many of us including myself are grappling with the last push of final exams to close out our year. This yearly task never seems to come any easier and there is always the struggle as you drive through the last of the exams for the year. There is nothing that compares to the euphoric feeling of handing in the last exam but with this comes the stress of the night before, the last minute struggle to the finish line. I know first hand how stressful it can be when all these exams are looming so I thought I would tell you all about a few tips I have picked up through the many exam weeks I have experienced.

1. Try not to leave everything to the night before
This is so tempting and is probably the most difficult thing to do on this list. When the pressure is building it is so easy to focus on that stress that you are feeling instead of studying and preparing for that exam. Trust me I have made the mistake of leaving everything till that night before and while this strategy does work, in my opinion it's not worth the anxiety. I would recommend preparing for an exam one to two weeks in advance, it is definitely easier sad than done but trust me this will remove a lot of the weight off your shoulders.

2. Take breaks
In my opinion taking breaks goes hand in hand with study. There has been many studies performed showing that after 40 minutes of study its recommended that a 15-20 minute break is taken.This is because after the span 40 minutes you have reached the end of the time period where you will be most productive. Taking a break will not only give you a mental break but it will also ensure that when you go back to study after a break, your next 40 minutes will be as productive as your first.

3. Plan, plan, plan
A study plan is a great way to have structure to your study session. This will really cause you to zone in on the topics that you are studying and help to divide up your time efficiently. There are many different types of study plans that you can get online for free so I have provided a good link Here that will give you some examples.

4. De-stress 
This can be done in many ways, for example, going for a walk, reading a book, listening to music or even something as simple as browsing through Instagram. Whatever it is, just do something that will relax you and leave you with a positive attitude. For me, even just having a cup of coffee will relax and de-stress me for the rest of the day. In my opinion this is what a lot of people forget to do and only adds to the stress because you are not giving yourself a chance to relax. Even just relaxing for 30 minutes before bed will have you waking up with a more positive mindset the next morning.

5. Keep calm
In the end, this is the most important step to remember. Yes we all want to do well and succeed but it's not the end of the world if they don't go as planned. Don't worry about the exams excessively and remember to find the joy in this period of life,

I hope that these five tips are useful and that they can ease your mind even just a little bit!
Let me know down in the comments below what your favourite study tips are, I would love to hear them.
                                                                    Mary J xo


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