Do you feel as though you spend more time worrying about revision than actually revising?
It’s exam season. Stress levels are high. Unfortunately we don’t have a magic wand that will make the exams disappear.
However, we do have some tips to help you through revision and maintain positivity. If you can be more efficient with your workflow, then often you’ll find that your revision is far more manageable and much less stressful!
There are tons of tips out there on the wide web that can help you to be more productive. Here we will look at some of the easiest and the most effective…
- Priming is a psychological technique you can use to put yourself in the right mood for what you’re about to do. For example, to prime yourself for work you could watch a clip from a film you find inspiring.
- Wait until you’ve done something productive before you have your first tea or coffee. Likewise, don’t check Facebook until you’ve completed another task. This keeps you motivated and prevents procrastination.
- Many of us our prone to procrastination. When writing a to-do list, begin with a task that you’ll enjoy or that isn’t too stressful. This way, once you’ve completed the first item, you’ll be into the ‘swing’ of work and you won’t feel as stressed.
- Want to keep yourself productive and optimistic? Try using a positive affirmation as your online password, or decorate your workspace with encouraging messages!
- Multitasking has been shown in countless studies not to work. Work sequentially by moving from one task to the other. If you have several exams, form a timetable and allocate days or time slots within the day to work on each subject, focusing solely on that subject.
- Interestingly, listening to white noise can help you to be productive! Music tracks on loop can have a similar effect, as does background chatter (try ‘coffitivity.com’).
- Quality over quantity. All-nighters in the library are not effective. Think about when and where you work best. Write out your revision goals for the session and set a reasonable time to finish so you don’t ‘burn out’.
- Want a quick energy boost? Try consuming honey! The combination of fructose and sucrose provides both long-term and short-term energy.
Do you feel anxious or worried about your exams? Don’t suffer in silence. Give Birmingham Counselling Services a call on 0121 314 9903, or contact us via the Contact page. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved!
Edited by Samantha Turner