Exam periods are the most stressful part of the year for students. It is the time when they realize that it is not just about partying all night and sleeping all day, but some work has to be done too. It hits them suddenly every time, and this mode switch results in a great amount of stress. Every student needs to know how to stay calm in these situations in order to be as productive as he can. Here are some basic tips that, for some people, might seem silly, but trust me – they work every time.
When it first hits you that exams are near, first you need to do is sit down, relax, and take a deep breath. Even though you are probably looking at all of your notes and books thinking: “I cannot do this”, but you need to stay positive! It is proven that optimistic people pass their exams, get better grades and are also healthier, and you know you are going to need strength in the next couple of weeks.
As your study notes for the exam are probably scattered around the room – on the table and bookshelves, you should start by organizing them. Divide them in the piles according to subjects to see exactly how much work you have to do. After that, see how many days you have left until your exams and create a timetable for yourself – when and how much you are going to learn. Believe it or not, it is going to calm you down, as you will see that you have probably overreacted and that it can be done.
A lot of students miss out on their sleep during the exam period because they believe that that way they are going to get more work done. But, they are wrong. If you do not get your usual 6 hour relaxation, you are not going to be as productive as you expect. No matter how much coffee and energy drinks you have, nothing can replace a good nap. Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon will keep you fresh and more effective than any amount of caffeine.
When there is too much work to do, students forget to eat at all, or if on the other hand they do get hungry, they tend to eat junk food. This is because it takes them only a minute of their time to order pizza, and they can even take a slice an eat it while they study. But this is not only bad for your health and body, it can also affect your work. Healthy eating habits, like having regular breakfast, eating fruits and vegetables, will give you more energy for studying. You will feel less stressed and tired, and more optimistic about reaching your goals.
When you feel like you are on the verge of a nervous breakdown and that nothing is going according to plan, step away from your desk, forget about the books and notes, and play some music. Play it as loud as you can, without disturbing your neighbors of course. Forget about everything and just let go, sing to your favorite song and dance around the room. This will relieve you from stress at least for a little while, and then it will be easier to get back to studying. You can also play chill out music in the background, as long as it does not distract you.
So stay positive, stay healthy and rested, and good luck!