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Succeed@Exams : top tips to exam success

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Many people can feel stressed at exam time - mild forms of stress can motivate and energise but  too high levels can impair your ability to do your best and can be harmful.




There are many things you can do to manage your stress levels at exam times

  • Look after yourself
  • Learn how to relax
  • Prepare well for the exam
  • Get help
  • Reward yourself
  • Keep it in perspective

Exam anxiety outlines how to effectively manage anxiety around exams

vegetables in mans headEating and Drinking: try to eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat slow-release energy foods like nuts fruit and veg and whole grains.



image of bedSleeping: Memories are backed up when we sleep so try and get 6 to 8 hours sleep a night - relax before going to bed so you can switch off and get to sleep. 



 exercising on bikeExercise:  exercise will improve your general health and also your attention and  cognitive functioning which will help in your revision.



stop signAvoid things that are bad for you: coffee and other stimulants, alcohol and non-prescribed drugs - these may make you feel better in the short term but will impair your concentration and sleep.




These Revision Tips should help you prepare for your exams more effectively:

revision time tableMake a plan / timetable - plan your study time so you can track your progress.

 Check out the best ways to create a revision timetable. 



child revisingExperiment with different revision techniques - recognising and using your preferred learning style, and varying your experiences, can make revision easier, less of a chore and more effective



 Develop your revision skills  

Take a break - generally revision sessions should be about 50 minutes with a 10 minute break. Also make time for leisure and fun, it's important to switch off from studies by watching a film, spending time with friends and friendly, or taking a bath.

Before the exam

  • Eat breakfast ( porridge, bananas and fruit will maintain your blood sugar levels) but don't have too  much caffeine
  • Don't last minute cram - try and do something relaxing the hour before the exam
  • Avoid people and things that may increase your anxiety or lower your confidence
  • Make sure you know how to get to the exam room and arrive in plenty of time
  • Bring water and sweets ( if you are allowed) and any equipment required eg pens, calculator

In the exam

  • Monitor the time - wear a watch or make sure you can see a clock
  • Read through the questions carefully - check what you are being asked to do
  • Plan your time - dividing it up according to the importance of the question
  • Give yourself time to proof read
  • If you begin to feel anxious take time to use breathing and relaxation techniques

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