Wellbeing during exams
Exams are stressful for everybody, but there are lots of things you can do to look after yourself and be at your best on the day.
Go home and make sure you are getting a decent night’s sleep. Don’t be tempted to stay in the library until you drop off. Allow yourself time to socialise as well but remember that 6-8 hours sleep is good for your mental health, stress levels, and concentration.
Fuelling your body fuels your mind. A balanced diet will boost your concentration as well as helping your body to manage the stress of exam time. Make time for meals and try not to rely on takeaways that won't give you all the nutrients you need.
It has been scientifically proven that dehydration affects your ability to concentrate. Take on board plenty of fluids but remember that sugary and caffeinated drinks might cause you to "crash" during the day or interrupt your sleep.
Try and take some form of exercise every day. A brisk walk to campus will help to use up the adrenaline caused by the worry and stress of exams.
Take regular breaks
Allow yourself breaks from study to rest your mind and stretch your legs. If your mind starts to wander, it is usually more productive to refresh yourself with a 10 minute break than to procrastinate for 2 hours and feel guilty about it. If you are working in the library, use one of the Taking a Break cards to save your work space.
Check your timetable
It might seem obvious, but make sure you know the correct dates and times of all your exams and coursework deadlines.
Check the syllabus
Don't waste time reading information that won't be in your exam. Look up the objectives of the course so you can cover the necessary topics effectively.
Make a revision timetable
Revision timetables don’t work for everyone, but they can be a useful way to ensure that you have allowed time for all of your necessary revision.