Exam time? Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Exams can feel like the end of the world. They take over your life, they’re all you can think about from the instant you wake up until the minute you go to sleep at night. If you take an hour off from revising, you’ll feel horrendously guilty. Exams are important, and they can be tough, but with our top tips you’ll find it much easier to succeed.

Start Your Revision Early

No one likes revising. It can feel like a waste of time, especially as the weather warms up and you can hear everyone else enjoying the sun whilst you sit inside with your textbooks. If you put the work in early, it’ll pay off in the long-run. It’ll also save you desperately cramming the night before your exam. If you’re trying to ram a year’s worth of content into your bran at 2am the night before your exam, you won’t perform well in it. You’ll be stressed and tired and angry at yourself for not starting sooner.

Plan Your Time

When it comes to revising, don’t sit at your desk with all your textbooks and all your notes for every subject laid out around you. That’s far too overwhelming. Instead, make a schedule to show you exactly what you need to be studying for the morning and afternoon of each day. Not only does this keep you focussed on the subject at hand, it breaks down what you need to revise into a manageable size.

Past Papers

Past papers are usually available online. They’re an invaluable asset for your revision in a number of ways. They let you get a sense of the questions that have been asked, which in turn lets you get used to the language of the questions in a pressure-free environment. Completing past papers will also let you gain sense of how much you can write in the allotted exam time. If you need to write an essay and know you can produce 4 pages in 60 minutes, the pressure in the exam room will ease slightly because you know what you’re capable of.

Take Care of Yourself

Exams are important. There’s no getting away from the fact. The pressure you’ll put yourself under is, no doubt, immense. This doesn’t mean you should lock yourself in a room for a month and do nothing but bury your head in your notes. Self-care is important to your mental health, and your mental health is important in your success. Take regular breaks, see your friends, go to the cinema, play football, go out for dinner – whatever it is you enjoy or relaxes you, there’s no need to give it up!

Best of luck in your exams from Coventry University London.