Looking for something new to listen to? The In the Know podcasts are here to help you get the most out of your university experience! This podcast will provide you with useful techniques to improve your revision and help you cope with exam stress, just in time for January! Listen to the podcast now, or keep reading for a full description.
This full description follows the podcast content closely, so if you’d rather listen to it, click the link above! In this episode the Student Team’s Joe, Ciara and Daisy talk about everything exam-related, from revision strategies to how to actually take some time off! Let’s start with the best time to revise. Are you an early morning or late night kind of worker? It’s great to figure this out right at the beginning as you can plan your revision around it. If you know you’re normally tired after lunch, it’s best not to schedule in the topic you find the most difficult then! We can sometimes be our own worst enemies, and we’re often way too hard on ourselves. It’s important to stay organised during the exam period and make revision timetables or lists, but don’t give up if you don’t always meet your aims. Try to set realistic goals, but don’t fret if you’re not having the most productive day… you always have tomorrow and the day after! All the same, at the end of each day, no matter how much you’ve done, it can be useful to quickly bullet point what you’ve covered that day, or summarise it out loud. This helps to clarify your learning and you’ll often surprise yourself with how much you’ve taken in. It’ll also highlight topics that you need to go over again!
It’s important to remember there are always others around to support you – don’t forget about the Library’s My Learning Essentials programme. It runs all year round, with extra sessions during the exam period to help you manage stress and improve your mindfulness. You can even get a free breakfast at Calm your brain and have a croissant, which runs at 10.00 am and again at 10.30 am Monday to Friday for two weeks, starting from January 8th.
One of the most important things during the exam period is to think about how to manage your stress. Stress is often a good thing, helping to motivate us, but if we let it take over it can become an issue. During the revision period, it’s vital to give yourself breaks – they’re just as important as actual working time. Taking breaks makes sure that you don’t feel overworked and get lost in panic. Make sure you eat breakfast, and schedule in breaks throughout the day! Find a balance between revision and relaxation; give yourself time to see friends, make a nice dinner or do some exercise. Sport is incredibly good for our brain and improves our ability to study and reduce stress. On a final note, don’t cram the night before an exam… if you go to bed stressed, you’ll wake up stressed! So, relax the night before. You’ll probably surprise yourself – you know more than you think!
By Sophie from the Student Team