Exams, exams, exams. Bleugh.
We’ve all been through them before, we all know they’re coming, but we still find ourselves panicking about them the week before.
Exam season is never a fun time for anyone – whether it’s your GCSE’s, uni exams or you’re that special kind of crazy that ends up doing lifelong exams (medics I’m looking at you).
So how do you get through exam season without losing your marbles? Let me tell you… After going through my GCSE’s, A Levels and 5 years of uni – I’ve got a tip or two up my sleeve.
Plan, plan, plan
If I had a pound for every time I said this word, I’d have my hands on that Gucci bag I’ve been after. THERE’S A REASON FOR IT.
You’ve more than likely got several exams on the go and if you’re an unlucky bugger who has several exams on different topics, you’ve got a whole bunch of stuff to revise.
What do you call someone that revises for their exams in date order, regardless of their weighting? AN EEEEJIT
Sit down, with plenty of time to spare, and work out which exams carry what percentage and organise your revision timetable to make sure you spend enough time on those exams that matter a little bit more than others. I’ve written a whole post all about my favourite planners to help you organise your time.
“Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside that trunk? “
PUT THE JUNK FOOD DOWN. I’ve been there – I know exams make you want to pick all those £1 bags of choccies from Tesco and just comfort eat until the cows home… bad idea.
First of all, you’re going to be cursing yourself 4 weeks post-exams when sweatpants are the only thing that fits you (if you’ve missed the reference – who are you?). Secondly, as much as chocolate is a great source of magnesium and tastes daaarn good, fuelling yourself up with rubbish is just going to make you crash and burn faster than you can say M&M’s.
Plan ahead (see what I mean?). Make some packed lunches and bring along some healthier treats, like fruit, nuts or even some popcorn. You’ll be glad you didn’t buy all those Sainsbury’s Ham Hock sarnies when you’ve got extra money to spend. This Sistema tupperware is perfect for all your lunch and snack needs.
But first, sleep
It can be easy to panic over exams and lose sleep. I also know a ton of people who spend all night in the library leading up to exams. Just. Don’t. Do. It.
Create a regular sleep schedule and stick to it. Pulling all-nighters may seem like a good idea at the time, but when you’ve got to get up at 8am for an exam, your body will not be thanking you.
If you find yourself worrying and getting worked up the night before, find a bedtime routine to relax you. Take a bath, read a book or paint your nails. It’ll calm you down, take your mind off things and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Don’t worry, be happy
Once an exam is done, put it out of your mind. Even if it didn’t go as well as you’d have liked, forget about it. Don’t get caught up and allow it to affect other exams or celebrating. As long as you’ve gone into an exam and done the best you can, that’s all you can do. What will be will be.
Just thank goodness it’s over!
You’re reading this, but I know you’re gonna be absolutely brilliant. Just take care of yourself and the rest will happen. If you’ve got any questions/worries, just drop me a message! Let me know how you get on!