“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, fear of failure and learning from failure” ~ General Colin Powell.1. STAY OFF ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE.“not telling you it is going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” ~ Art WilliamsAlcohol.
There are numerous studies that suggest individuals who tend to use alcohol to cope are more likely to experience difficulties taking during an exam because their ability to think abstractly is still being affected. According to the study; Decision-making could also be a problem for up to 30 days after consumption. Drinks that contain caffeine might make you more productive for an hour or so, but isn’t going to put you in a great frame of mind for the rest of the day.
2. REST PROPERLY.
“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work” ~ Ralph Marston.
Getting enough sleep is going to be crucial to your mental sharpness and overall wellbeing. don’t think staying up late to study is really cool. Though it is very common at Uni and even then – slightly uncool.
“Good exercise conditions the body”
Exercise is a gift. A walk between studying will do you the world of good. If you feel like getting some serious cardio in, then joining a running group or doing some indoor exercise could really perk you up and take your mind off exam stress. Your Endorphins very essential – make the most of them. 4. LESS ROCKY, STAY CLASSIC.
Plato: “Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
This may sound strange to music lovers, but listening to classical music has been proven to reduce stress and up productivity. Our brains release dopamine when we listen to it – how good is that? If you’re struggling to find the perfect track to accompany your exam stress – try Debussy’s Clair De Lune below.
5. VISUALIZE AND STAY POSITIVE.
“If you believe in what you’re doing, you’ll be successful.” ~ Connie Sellecca
Visualisation with positive thinking is a powerful tool, which you can use to your advantage when stress has got the better of you. If you keep seeing vivid moving pictures of yourself messing up the exam, it’s time to block that from your mind and replace it with visualisations of success. What will it feel like when you’re sat in the exam and know the answers to the questions? How will it feel when you pass? Keep these thoughts in mind and you’ll attract positivity.
‘The future you see is the future you get.’ Robert G Allen
6. BE SELFISH WITH YOUR TIME.
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” Buddha
Last but not least, remember not to get too distracted right at the last hurdle. In the weeks leading up to a big exam, time flies.
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” ~ Harvey Mackay
Keep your eyes on the prize. Whatever happens, stay focused and remember that effective time management is a skill that will last you a lifetime.
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.