The exam period taking place this month through to June, and it is clear that there is very little time left to rest on our laurels. For some students, this will be the first time you have taken a formal exam that counts; for the rest of us, we already know the drill. However, you cannot deny that each and every time you have taken an exam, the nerves are still there. I have a few motivational stress – busting tips that can help you to sail through the waves of exams.
Every one of us needs balance in order to perform at our optional best. If you are studying continuously, day and night, you will burn yourself out quicker than you can say pass. If you are socialising too much (not studying), then it will be harder to focus on the revision you need to do. Striking a balance means giving time to each area of your life. You need to study to help yourself to pass exams, but you also need leisure time to give yourself a break.
Reward yourself when due From my own experience, sometimes I felt guilty for allowing myself to have leisure time because it felt as though I was abandoning my studies for a piece of sunshine. I have learnt that you should never feel guilty for ‘me time’ if you deserve it. Create a revision time schedule in your calendar and become accountable for reaching those targets. Set yourself mini deadlines that encourage you to reach a target. Once achieved, you will gain competence and confidence in your abilities.
Remember the bigger picture I can vouch for many of us when I say that sometimes, we lose sight of why we are doing exams. You may even begin to question the whole process of having to do exams in the first place. This mindset can de-motivate you as it may seem as though there is no purpose. This is when you have to take a step back, and look at the bigger picture. What are you aiming to achieve, and how is this exam helping you to prosper in the future? Just remember, that exams never last forever, so embrace this time that you have, which is very short.