Exam time? Panic time! : Top five tips to help you manage exam stress

Exam time often creeps up on us far too quickly! BA (Hons) Global Business Management student Ololade shares her top five tips on managing exam stress and pressures.

Time management

Tick, tock! Tick tock! …. Snooze. Now stop snoozing or partying away. Exam time is upon us.  As the famous adage says ‘Time waits for no man”. Managing your time is very essential while dealing with the stress that comes with exam season. Effective time management helps organise the things you need to do in preparing for your exam in accordance with their level of importance and urgency. One of the very many mistakes we students make while preparing for exams is spending so much time doing very little. Allocating a start and completion time not only helps to maximize your time but also helps keep track of your personal progress. This means you are actually getting things done and won’t have to staying up all night before an exam trying to “swallow” all your notes and text book.  One useful method of doing this is by keeping a note board in a strategic position of your room. This way you can see exactly what needs to get done the next day with less chances of procrastinating.

Cue cards

Cue cards are inexpensive and get the job done. It is what I call “revision on the go”.  Simply identify the keywords and key concepts that you are required to know and simplify your notes. Waiting for the GP? Stuck in traffic?  On the train or bus? Cue cards fit in the smallest of places and are idea for being on the go. This way you don’t have to bear the weight of taking your text books and notes everywhere!

Talk to others: The Mentoring Society

Coventry University London Campus has a variety of societies for you to join. The Mentoring Society helps to link you with other students who are currently successful in their course of study – this student will then be allocated to you as a mentor by providing guidance both in academic and personal issues. If you find yourself struggling with reading or need explanations on certain things based on a student’s perspective, instead of stressing out, this might be a good option to consider. This way you can learn from another student’s experiences, pick up a helpful tip or two, and speak about the things stressing you out instead of bottling it up.

Don’t compare yourself to others

One thing to always remember is that everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. It’s easy to fall into the habit of engaging in learning methods that don’t work well for you simply because everyone else is doing it. If the library doesn’t work well for you to study in, don’t waste hours in there simply because you are trying to prove a point. If you study better alone, don’t join a study group because everyone else is. Do what works best for you.

Get fit and be positive

Don’t forget to take some time away from the books! Go for a stroll, go jogging (20 minutes of exercise is good for brain function), eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and stay hydrated. Identify when sleep is needed and when you are overdoing it. Above all, be positive and think positive…you can do it!