Even the thought of revision can sometimes start stressing us out, we dread it so much that we start to leave it until the last minute. Even though last minute revision may work for some people it is not recommended, if anything you will stress yourself out even more. This is why we have put together 5 top tips to help you study without the added stress:
1) Make a plan
First things first, create a study plan ? put together a timetable of all the exams you have and the dates you have them, this way you can prioritise what revision needs to be done as and when.
Find a routine that?s best for you! If you find that you are more productive in the mornings, then have a study session first thing before you break for lunch but if you find that you work better in the evening, make sure you break beforehand ? this way you have no excuses to go and get food or check social media which will distract you from your revision.
2) Stay Positive!
I know what you?re thinking ?easier said than done?! This may be true but staying positive and having a good attitude towards your revision and your exams will really show in your results. Remember, revision and exams will be a thing of the past in a couple of months!
Physical activity is very important, especially during intense study and exam periods. Whether it is dancing in your room, going for a walk or a jog in the park it will increase your heart rate which will make your blood circulate faster. This means that the brain will get more oxygen which increases productivity and reduces tiredness and stress. Basically, you feel less stressed!
4) Time Out!
Two of my favourite words! Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and walk away from the books for a few hours ? shopping, cinemas, go and some spend time with your friends and family. Finding a balance with your study life is so important. When you spend too much time with your head in the books and in front of a computer screen for hours on end you?ll find you will get to a point when everything stops registering and all your notes just become words on a piece of paper. Take regular breaks and don?t feel guilty for the odd afternoon off from revision.
Remember, there is always a time you need to just stop and go to sleep ? this means not studying all night. Not having enough hours of sleep releases hormones that increase stress levels, speed up the heart rate and raises your blood pressure. So make sure you have an early night before your exams!
5) Snack on ?Brain Food?
This means swopping your junk food for healthier options like fish, almonds, yoghurt and fruit that will help keep your body and brain well-fuelled. Even though pizza and chips may seem very appealing ? you need to eat food that is going to help your brain work not put you to sleep!
Although, we all need a little treat now and then so when deciding what chocolate to buy, remember dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights hormones in your body that causes stress like cortisol and has been known to help the body relax. Plus, chocolate releases endorphins that make you happy and it acts as a natural substitute to fight stress!
As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout your revision and on the exam day.
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