Many students may feel extra stressed as the exam approaches. Magnus Lia is a psychologist at SSN Health, and gives you his best advice!
As sure as spring arrives and the days turn brighter, examination stress builds up – almost in line with the rising temperature outdoors.
You may be thinking that “I didn’t manage to stick to my resolution of starting reading and preparations early yet again.” And isn’t Google a good friend in such times of need? Surely there must be good advice to be found here?
Frustratingly, the advice mostly confirms what you’re thinking you already should have done, like “starting early,” “have a good reading plan throughout the term,” “circadian rhythm, diet, exercise,” etc.
This doesn’t exactly help to improve your motivation, because it might already be too late for long-term preparation.
As you may discover this article via a Google search, you should know that there is a professional behind the advice given here. Magnus Lia is a psychologist at SSN Health, and has extensive experience in talking to students.
This entails accepting the situation for what it is. There’s nothing to be done about the past, but on the other hand, what you choose to do with the time that’s left is really important. This is true whether there are four days or four weeks left until the exam.
Try to gain an overview of the subject matter and make some choices you choose to focus on. There can often be a lot to gain from looking at presentations from lectures and not least topics from previous exam papers. Work on one thing at a time. Plan your days!
It’s always a good idea to work with others. It’s binding, there’s a social benefit and you can learn from each other.
Read, discuss, say things out loud, it provides a deeper understanding. Do old exam papers. This will train you to apply knowledge that gives you a good preparation to the actual exam. Take a break when your concentration starts to wane.
Relaxation is essential for recovery and well-being. It also reduces stress. Nobody can be efficient continuously over a long period of time, and it’s better to include a few breaks. Going for a walk, some exercise or visiting a cafe might be what you need to prepare body and mind to accept more knowledge.
Good luck with your exams!