Hello, hi. Welcome back.
So I touched on this topic slightly in the last post but we’re bringing it back.
If you guys didn’t know, I’m currently a 2nd year university student and the one month of the academic year all students dread? May.
Why? Exam season.
Now exam season in itself causes all sorts of feelings. Most commonly, stress and feelings of anxiety. These feelings are normal (and very frustrating) considering the path of your life seems to be determined by how well you do in an exam. Whether it be your SAT’s, GCSE’s, A-Levels, the list can go on.
I have a couple of exams coming up myself in this lovely month of May and being an overly anxious person in general…yeah, it definitely doesn’t help.
There are a variety of techniques I could throw at you all to help you better manage your stress or if anything reduce it, but realistically, stress is an inevitable part of life. However, the techniques are quite helpful so I’m still going to share my top three in the hopes that they may help some of you.
1. Early Preparation
I’m that university student that tries to be organised and up to date with my notes from Week 1 and honestly, it’s helpful. I try to make my flashcards right after every lecture or at least within the week. I find that when it comes to actually starting to remember information for the exam, it’s all already organised and ready to be studied. This saves sooo much time, which is what I think is the main cause of being so stressed. Thinking you don’t have enough time to learn the material necessary. Get your material sorted before and you’ll be golden my friend.
2. You are not your friend, your friend is not you
Comparison in some cases can be a good thing, but of course in other cases, it’s not the best. Just because your friend said they’ve been studying for this exam since they were in the womb doesn’t mean you haven’t done enough or that you’re going to fail. As long as you know you’ve put in all the effort you possibly can, what your friend does shouldn’t make you stress and panic for your exam. Some people just like to be extra extra prepared when really you just need to be prepared to a level you find acceptable.
3.It’s not the end
Finally, a key point. Exams will never and never will be the “be all and end all “of your life. I’m not saying take this as I can fail everything and go backpacking across Europe. I’m saying if you leave an exam thinking you haven’t done too great, don’t spend the rest of your summer mourning over the loss of your grade. One, you may not have done as bad as you think (and you’ve spent the most free time you’ve had in a while sulking) and Two, if you did in fact fail, there are so many more options available to you. You just have to be willing to look for them.
That’s enough babbling for today I think, my eyes are really starting to twitch but good luck guys! I hope you find your middle ground between self care & studying and of course beat exam season.
You’ve got this and you’ll do great!
with all my love,