Hello all! As you have seen the title, you can probably assume why I haven’t been writing recently. My exams are literally weeks away so a lot of my time has been revising and preparing for these things. Are some of you in the same situation? Or is there someone you know who’s going through this?
These exams can be particularly important. Whether that is through school or at college, things may be getting on top of you a lot. Although this may make you think it is all you need to be doing in your spare time, it really isn’t. Revision is important of course, but so is having the time to relax and take a break or you will burn yourself out.
Also, each time you attempt to revise do you always feel in the right headspace to take in information? Sometimes, I simply don’t have enough concentration and motivation to want to revise. The solution to this? Break. Walk away. Go for a walk. Get some food. When you feel happier with your mind set, go back to your work and see whether this break has helped. I find that is usually does.
Take small sessions of revision. Don’t do hours and hours worth of work and finish feeling unbelievably exhausted and unwell but don’t do 5 minutes then feel this is enough. Try and get a good balance. Do a half an hour or an hours worth of work and take a break. As long as you do a bit revision each day or whenever you can, it will really go towards your exam and your grade will represent the time and effort you gave to revision.
I know so many people feel nervous, on the edge and at the height of being stressed through this time of the year but remember that all you can do is your best. If you are revising and putting in the effort with revision and work, you will go far. When I go in to an exam, I feel so nervous and so convinced that I’m not going to pass however, I need to remember how much revision I have put in to get me to this exam. I’ve done so much to succeed so we should bring this into an exam rather than questions like “I’m not going to pass” “I’m going to fail” “I wont be able to do what I want to do” “I wont get onto year two” “I will have to redo this for another year” When you get into that room, are all these questions going to help you? Is this the best attitude to have just before you begin? No because this will most likely make you feel worse and even more nervous than ever.
Breath. Breath gently and slowly and tell yourself that everything is going to be okay. As long as you try your best and give it your all, that all you and everyone else can expect you to do. There are so many people around you who know you can just try your best. All the time and revision you have put in will pay off.
If you are worrying about not doing enough revision, think this through. When is your spare time and when are you going to be able to fit in small bite worth of work to put your mind at ease? Try and do small sessions of it whilst you are free and this will make you feel more productive about your work. Try as best as you can not to panic. From now to the exam, put some time in. But also find some time to relax. Balance is key.
Everything will be okay. All you can do is your best when you enter that exam room. Go in with a optimistic attitude and do your best, that’s all you can do.
Until next time,