It’s that time of the year when stress is high and the pile of school books lying in your room is even higher. Between attending your classes each day, doing your homework, and trying to maintain somewhat of a social life, it can feel like preparing for exams has nowhere to fit in among it all.
Soon summer holidays will be here and sitting exams will be a distant memory, which is a nice thought. But until then, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you over the final hurdle of this semester.
Plan it out
Now is your chance to get together a study plan that will help you through the next couple of weeks. If you’re on the hunt for a good template we have one below that you can print and fill out to your own desire.
Laying out what you’ve done and need to get done will help you to stay on track and stop you from getting overwhelmed.
Don’t let your friends influence you
We’ve all been there. It’s the night before your exam, you’re getting your study notes together and feeling silently confident, until your friend panic texts you. They’re asking if you’ve studied XYZ and you don’t even know what she’s talk about, let alone be capable of writing about it. So you last minute study new things and end up flunking it all the next day.
This exam season, don’t let your friends thoughts or opinions influence you. Do whatever you think is best and trust your gut instinct.
Don’t compare yourself to them either
One of the worst things we can do is compare ourselves to others. If your friend got a better grade than you, so what? Be happy for them and proud of yourself for what you’ve achieved too. Everyone has a different approach to exams and what works for them might not work for you. As the old saying goes ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and that’s the energy we’re bringing to 2022.
Look after yourself
It seems like an obvious one but when you’re in the middle of exam season you can sometimes forget to do kind things for yourself. Be sure to eat a breakfast, drink as much water as you can, prepare lunch and dinner.
Small moments of joy are important too. Like listening to Harry Style’s new album for half an hour or taking a long shower. Just because you’re in the middle of studying for exams doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy other things every now and then too.
Plan your celebrations
One thing that will help to keep you motivated throughout your exams is having something to look forward to at the end of it all. Make plans with your friends or family now for how you’ll celebrate the end of your exams and set that as your vision while you’re working hard.
It could be a cinema trip or picnic in the park, or even something much bigger like a shopping trip in another county/country. Regardless of the outcome of your results you should be proud of how far you’ve come. Disciplining yourself to sit exams is no easy task and so taking the time over the last few weeks or months to put your head down and work hard deserves some celebration.
If you’re beginning your exams KISS would like to wish you the best of luck!