By this point in the year, most university students will either be starting or in the middle of their exams. That can mean non-stop exam prep, revision, and studying! At Escape Campus, we’ve put together some tips and tricks on managing exam season in the best way possible.
Organise your workspace
Having a clean and organised workspace to study at can make a world of difference to your stress levels. Whether you’re working at the University library or at your student home, making sure you’ve got everything you need by your side is vital. Consider what works best for you, do you like complete silence? Maybe studying in your bedroom is best for you. Or do you prefer background noise? If so, you should consider going to the library or creating a lo-fi playlist! Having a space that suits your personal preferences is going to give you the best results. The Complete University Guide has put together some tips on how to revise, to read more click here.
Talking to others
For some people, talking through answers with others can make a world of difference. If this sounds like something that would suit you, ask your student household if they could test you on certain topics. Or speak with others on your course and make a study group. Working with others, especially those who know the source material, may help you realise areas you have got nailed, and others you might need to work on.
Take regular breaks
Don’t forget to take regular breaks when needed. Giving yourself time away from revision is key to helping you stay productive! Even if it’s something as small as going downstairs to watch a movie or getting out of your Lancaster student accommodation to go for a walk. Everyone is different, so finding out what works best for you is important, you might need a break every 30 mins for a short while, or you may work for 2 hours and take a longer break! Similarly, finding out what time of day you’re most productive is great, as you can plan your other activities and tasks around this.
Get out in the sunshine
Speaking of taking breaks, getting out of your student accommodation and into the sunshine can work wonders for your mental health! It’s important to never feel guilty for taking a well-deserved break, and going outside and enjoying the warmer weather is key for a healthy brain. If you’re unsure where to go, we’ve put together a list of the best spots to visit in the sunshine in Lancaster on the Escape Campus blog page, click here to read it.
Having a clear plan leading up to your exam can help you get into the right mindset, make sure you get everything you need ready ahead of the exam, and don’t leave it until a few days before. Check the rules and requirements, make sure you know if it’s in person or online and don’t forget to set an alarm for the morning of!
How ever you’re feeling about your exams this year, here at Escape Campus we wish you the best of luck!