Often when the sun starts to shine, and summer feels so close yet so far, panic can commence in the build up to exam season. But here are just a few reminders of why you shouldn’t stress, and how to avoid it.
- You’ve (hopefully) already worked harder than you realise: if you’ve been attending most seminars and lectures throughout the semester, making decent notes and doing some thinking along the way, chances are you’ve probably already covered more bases than you realise. Now’s just the time to consolidate all those notes by making them into revision material. The thought of all your deadlines right at the end of the semester can be frustrating, especially if you feel as though work has been relatively steady up until this point. But this race to the finish line doesn’t have to feel so strenuous if you plan ahead.
- Get started and you will be fine: starting is often the hardest part, and once you’ve overcome the first hurdles of revision, it does get much easier. If you identify what you need to do, start now, then do some every day possible, even just a little, it will make the entire process almost stress-free. Once revision becomes a daily habit incorporated into your routine, you’ll feel as though a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
- This is so much better than a job: you’re studying for a degree you (hopefully) love, so just enjoy the content! Exams can be stressful and frustrating, mostly due to the format and time constraints. But don’t let this make you forget why you’re studying the subject you are. Although sometimes three years can seem like an awful long time, fifty years working is much longer. Enjoy your days studying, as it won’t last forever. If you’re genuinely interested in your subject, try to focus on this during any down points during exam season.
- It will all be over soon: another one of the many perks of university life vs. a full-time job is the super long holidays! Just remember in three weeks’ time you’ll be completely free, and probably bored within two days of summer. Take on the challenge while it’s still there. If you do, you’ll be able to relax in the knowledge that you put in the hard work and tried your absolute best.
So next time you’re feeling the pressure, take a breather, plan what you need to do next, then get started, as summer will be here in no time.