Top tips to avoid revision stress!

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Exam season can be a stressful time of year for the whole family.

For the student sitting the tests, for nervous parents, for siblings who have to be extra lenient during this stressful time – even for the family dog, sensing tension around the home!

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But there is light among the scrambled revision notes.

From tips from parents and students who have been there, to a revision guide to keep you organised, we have stress busting tips and brain boosting snacks to get you through this exam season.

The key is to stay calm and focused.

It is OK to feel a little bit stressed or anxious – it makes us work harder.

But try to get organised and the rest will follow. Setting up a revision plan is a good place to begin.

Set out which subjects you need to study for, and by when.

Then split the subject into modules or study sections, so you know roughly how much time you need to spend on each area.

You can use our handy revision planner, found here, to get you started.

  • Revise at a desk. 
    Do not try to study in bed, on the floor or in front of the TV. Your subconscious associates these places with relaxing. It is important to find a quiet place where you can set yourself up, away from any distractions, and focus.
  • Take regular breaks. 
    You are not a robot. Set a timer to remind you to reward yourself every hour with a fifteen or twenty minute break.
  • Eat and drink.
    Your break is the perfect time to refuel your brain. We don’t mean reward yourself with sweets and crisps – stocking up on the right foods and water will help you concentrate for longer.
  • Do not panic.
    Stick to the revision plan, even if you don’t feel like you’ve got far enough with that one topic which is taking a particularly long time to go in.
    You can always re-visit your revision plan and add extra study slots for that hard module.
  • Meditate.
    You do not have to sit cross-legged with your eyes shut and hum – but when you close the textbooks for the day take ten minutes to stretch, sit in a different location and position, and focus on the sounds around you. Taking a few minutes to bring you mind back into the room and out of the text book will help you shut off for the night and rest.
    Try downloading a free mindfulness app on your phone to remind you to take ten minutes.
  • And… rest.
    Get a good night’s sleep. It is recommended the body needs 7.5 to 9 hours sleep a night to function properly.
    Set an alarm and stick to it – in the morning enjoy breakfast and get dressed just like you would if you were heading to school or college to study.

Source: Stray FM

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