Hello friends, and welcome to exam season! The best time of the year! (Joking).
Exam season is hard. Preparing for exams is difficult, not only because the syllabus is challenging, but also because of the toll it can take on your mental health.
The pressure to do well in your exams can lead to a lot of stress. And this stress can often lead to demotivation, meaning you study even less.
This leads to a vicious cycle where nothing gets done!
Fortunately, you have the power to manage your own stress and motivation.
In this article, we will share our top 4 tips to keep you motivated this exam season.
Tip 1 - Stay Organised
Yep, it sounds obvious. But staying organised does take some thought and preparation.
The best way to stay organised during exam season is to create a study timetable. First, outline all of the different ‘chunks’ that you need to study – a great way to do this is by looking at the official syllabus for your course and breaking it down into small sections.
Next, organise these chunks into a plan. Create a calendar and note down what date and time you will revise each section.
You should plan in more time to study the sections you feel less confident about. Similarly, if you feel really confident about 1 topic, you may only need half an hour to run over that section.
Creating a detailed timetable ensures you know you have enough time to get through everything. This helps to minimise stress. It means you can put all of your attention and focus into the section you are studying at that time, without panicking about other topics you haven’t yet covered.
Pro Tip: Don't be over optimistic…
… Allow yourself more time than you think you need for each section. Don’t plan to study on a Friday night, when in reality, you won’t want to be revising at that time. Make a plan you’ll actually stick to, otherwise it’s pointless and will cause more stress than it relieves.
Tip 2 - Celebrate Small Victories
Like we said above, separate your studying into small chunks and take it one piece at a time.
When you complete a chunk, no matter how small it is, this is a victory!
Reward yourself for every victory you reach. For example, you can have a snack, go out for a drink, or spend the next hour on TikTok. Whatever floats your boat! (As long as it doesn’t disrupt your study timetable).
Pro Tip: Checklists are satisfying AF…
… Write down EVERY. LITTLE. TASK. Once something is complete, you tick it off! The more you write down, the more things you get to tick off, and the more rewarded you feel.
Tip 3 - Study In A Way That Works For You
Studying is different for everyone. Some of us work well revising in the morning, some of us at night. Find what works for you!
There are, however, a couple of things that are good practice for pretty much everyone…
Like we said above, create a timetable and tackle your revision in small chunks. This way, you have dedicated ‘study’ time and dedicated ‘free’ time.
Another way to healthily separate your work from your play is to create a dedicated study space. This will probably just be in your bedroom, but there are ways to make it feel more like a separate area.
Keep it tidy, ensure everything you need is in one place, and ensure you are comfortable (i.e. don’t lay on the floor whilst you try to memorise Rescorla-Wagner’s model of learning).
You should also avoid using your phone whilst you’re in your study space. It’s a phone-free zone, sorry.
Pro Tip: Group study sessions aren’t always a good thing…
… If studying with other people works for you, great! But it doesn’t work for everyone. In school and university, we are often encouraged to revise with others to share ideas and test one another. But for some people, we simply revise better when alone. And this is okay.
Tip 4 - Take Care of Yourself
This is probably the most important tip of them all, but one that is often overlooked.
You need to take care of yourself – both your physical and mental health.
You could spend hours upon hours revising every last detail in the syllabus, but if you don’t take care of your fundamental health, you’re unlikely to reach your maximum potential.
Ensure you are eating regularly and healthily. Always have breakfast. Avoid having sugary snacks throughout the day, and instead snack on oat bars or fruit that provide you with longer lasting energy, and no crash.
You should also look at using supplements to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals every day.
Another incredibly important tip is ensuring you get enough sleep! You should aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day (or at least most days, maybe 1 heavy night per week is OK…)
Pro Tip: Use a nootropic supplement…
… Using something like The Brain Capsule can help to improve your concentration and focus. ‘Nootropic’ simply means something used to enhance memory or other cognitive functions.
The Brain Capsule contains a natural blend of some of the most beneficial mushrooms rich in minerals, including Lion’s Mane, Chaga, and Cordyceps. This mushroom blend will help to promote a restful, relaxed state of mind, whilst also supporting the defence system in the body for physical health.
The Brain Capsule can help to enhance alertness and concentration, allowing you to be productive or studious without the mind wandering away!