As we enters May, ISB sees the frantic revising, the memorization and the stress that exams bring. Exams are stressful due to them comprising of a year’s knowledge (sometimes times two years). We know that no matter how hard you revise, the paper and the pencil is the only thing standing between us and a pass/fail. The excessive anxiety affects people in different ways: for some it motivates and helps set a target to meet, whereas for others it inhibits them from doing their best.
Regardless, here is some helpful advice to help you beat the stress and sail through your exams “cool as a cucumber.”
- Make a Schedule- Organising yourself not only makes your revision more effective but helps balance your time between different subjects.
- Exercise- Physical exercise like running, swimming or even skipping for 15-20 minutes every day will make you feel stress free and mentally fit. It will also give you a break making you more productive when you go back to revise.
- Get plenty of sleep- It is way more difficult to memorize lots of information or understand complicated concepts on less than 6 hours sleep. As well as that, when you sleep your brain processes the information and helps you memorize it.
- Ask Questions- If you’re stuck ask a teacher or a parent: that’s what they are there for!
- Keep a positive attitude- Not only is it motivating but helps you focus on your goal.
- Grab a friend- Your friend is probably just as stressed as you are make study groups to help each other revise.
Don’t let exam stress ruin your May: follow these simple steps and your exams will breeze by.
By Elizabeth (DP1)