Stressed about exams?

What a silly question, of course you’re stressed about exams. We all are – sleepily emerging from the warmth of post-Christmas food comas, we’ve been thrown into a vicious cycle of remembering we have exams, spending so much time stressing out about revision that we don’t leave much for actual revising, procrastinating, revising, and then panicking some more.

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Things to definitely not do when trying to revise

Term is slowly yet surely coming to an end and if you’re like me, who has still not sat any exams yet, it’s becoming a struggle to concentrate on revision. The weather has been unusually hot, friends from home had their exams weeks ago, and the temptation to just ditch everything and go home is all too real. But NO. The days until the freedom of summer can nearly be counted down on one hand. Just one more week to stay focused and in order to do that, here is a list of things you should definitely not do when trying to get some hours of revision in. A list of things which I have done a number of times in order to perfect the art of procrastination. Continue reading

Where to study during exam time

Not everyone works well in their room, where there’s a plethora of distractions, and it can definitely be a good idea to get out of your room for a bit and take your books elsewhere. You might get a bit disheartened when you arrive at the Information Commons at 9 in the morning to find over 1000 people already there during exam period, but don’t fret, there are several alternatives! Continue reading

Time to switch off?

Nowadays, with modern technology the way it is, it is very easy to fall into the temptation of checking your phone every 5 minutes. What happens if someone has texted? How many people have liked my recent Instagram picture? Who has commented on my Facebook post? But recent studies have shown that we are spending more and more time looking at screens and less and less time interacting with others around us. There is even a syndrome called FOMO: Fear of Missing Out, defined as ‘anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media’. Continue reading

Getting your motivation back after the festive period!

It’s the end of the festivities and it’s back to reality.  Every university student knows just how difficult it is to scrape together all remnants of motivation that have been left in early December.  Even festive television can be distracting, especially when Harry Potter is plastered all over ITV (I’m secretly thankful for this).  But, essays don’t write themselves, and hopefully these few tips can ease you back into the swing of your former studious life. Continue reading

The perfect exam day breakfast

On the day of an exam the last thing you probably want to think about is making breakfast. But having something to eat is important to help you perform well. First off, a rumbling tummy will be distracting during the exam. Second, a good breakfast can help your concentration during the day, which is vital for your exams.

This oatmeal recipe is perfect for exam day because you can make it the night before. All you have to do in the morning is take it out of the fridge and it’s ready to eat- absolutely no messing around!

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Positive procrastination – a guide to surviving the exam period

Exam season is drawing ever nearer, and as the stress of trying to find a seat in the library mounts, it can be easy to forget that we live in a great city. Obviously final assignments and exams are, as they should be, at the top of everybody’s priorities at the moment, but that’s not to say that there aren’t little things we can all do to enjoy what little remains of the academic year. Continue reading