Exams. They are upon us.
Exams can be so stressful. I was lucky enough to have them in two chunks, instead of one continuous stream of tests. The first week, I just drowned in books, eating my feelings and crying and it just wasn’t pretty. I don’t think I did my hair for the whole week.
But then this second half I’m doing so much better! I changed a couple thing, got a new mindset, and it’s working so much better! I mean, my hair’s not in a ponytail for starters.
Here are some exam tips that I have used and have helped me achieve my best even when under stress.
First off, I had to change my mindset.
Exams are not the most important thing in the world, and neither are marks. They are important, yes. They are very important. But if you get a low mark on an exam, your life will not be over.
When you release yourself from that pressure, you’re a lot less stressed, and I find that my mind works better and I’m a lot more productive.
Second, I had to break it up into smaller pieces.
I’m in psychology. There’s a LOT of reading in psychology. No matter what, it always feels like there’s more to do, more to read, more to memorize…
First half, I just studied non-stop, getting 200 pages done in a row. But the problem is, with that overload my brain just wasn’t retaining any information. And that was really frustrating, creating a negative spiral.
So second half, I tried to split it up. Do two sections, take a 15 minute break. Do three sections, take a break.
Giving myself smaller chunks to handle made it more reasonable, and the breaks gave my brain time to process what I had just studied.