How to survive during your exam season
At the end of each semester, a lot of students face some challenges, passing their exams. This season is a time, when everybody is nervous and exhausted. But, how to maximize your grades and minimize your stress? Here are some tips about how to make your exam-taking much easier.
- Don`t forget to breathe
It is very important just to stay alive, preparing to your exams and passing them. Remember to breathe and make sure your brain gets the proper amount of oxygen. Take a walk before learning a difficult material. There is one useful exercise for the stimulation of your brain activity. Take six deep breaths in and out through the mouth.
- Memorize material with your hands
It can be very helpful, if you make some notes while reading and revising some difficult topics. Some students just can fall asleep, passively looking through the pages. Select the most important facts and write them out in your notebook.
- View your mind as a carpet
All your knowledge is like a carpet, which is so tightly rolled up inside your head, that you can`t see all its gaps. You should always revise everything, you have learned in order to define, what exactly you don`t know yet or just don`t remember.
- Take advantage of your exam period
Your parents and close friend will see that you are in stress during your examination period, and will try to do something to make you happier. You are in a delicate condition, so take advantage of it and ask your mum to cook your something delicious or buy your favorite edible treats.
- Buy large sheets of paper
A3 size is quite suitable. Write your entire exam timetable on it and stick it on the wall. Take another sheet of paper and write the overview of the most difficult topics your exams are going to cover. All this information will be before your eyes, so the process of memorizing will be much better.
- Go to bed
Go to sleep at your normal bedtime. You late-night cramming won`t bring your something positive. Listen to your favorite music before sleeping. Remember, that it is very difficult to pass an examination, when your brain is in the thick mist.
- Rediscover crayons
Color coding is a wonderful technique, which will definitely make different things a little bit easier to remember. It will be easy to memorize various dates, names, terms and facts, if they will be colored in different coloration. So, purchase many markers to make your studying process more interesting.
- Ask George Turnbull
George Turnbull is a professor, who is often called ‘the exams doctor’. You can find his videos on www.ofqual.gov.uk, in which he answers the most anxious pupil`s questions concerning the examinations. His tips can be very useful for you.
- Give yourself a break
It is very important to have some rest during your exam period. During your cramming and revision, you should rest at least 10 minutes every hour. Your brain really needs such breaks.
- Tell your classmates nothing
Try not to chat much with your classmates, as you will just depress each other. Never compare your answers with others. Just wait until your results will be known.