When we think of exams, partial exams… some words quickly come to mind: stress, anxiety, intensive reviews… 🤯 To clear these negative thoughts from your mind and help you prepare for your exams, here are our 5 tips
1. Make a plan to organize yourself! 🔥
Getting organized and planning is one way to get into action to prepare for your exams. Organizational and planning tasks are perfect for getting started and generating energy when you really don’t feel like doing it.
Ideally, these are short and concrete tasks that quickly give the feeling of progress.
5 minutes of planning can dramatically increase your performance.
You can also use the To-do list or “list of things to do”. It allows us to come back to reality and immerse ourselves in concrete action.
Knowing specifically and precisely what you need to do is the key to starting and completing a project. This list must include all the steps to complete in order to complete a job or study to face an exam.
Make the list as detailed as possible. Each point should be simple and include only one specific action.
Breaking down a task into sub-actions makes it possible to clarify ideas and better assess the time required. The simple fact of having a plan reduces the anxiety associated with a project or studying for an exam. The second thing to do is to estimate how long the task will take.
Psst: To simplify this mission, we offer two planning models for your revisions or your daily organization!
2. Avoid distractions!
The biggest sources of distraction come from our social media, email, and phones .
Fight notifications, at least during your periods of intense study .
If you don’t have your phone handy, and even better in front of you, you’ll think about it a lot less!
Before a shift, put it in another room or on airplane mode.
Tips: There are also applications to help you concentrate! Eg: forest.
3. Take breaks!
This is nothing new, it’s all about taking a step back from your work and letting your head rest. Taking breaks helps you refocus and boost your productivity. It’s scientifically proven!
By taking breaks, you will not waste time, on the contrary you will gain it, so do not feel guilty! It also helps to manage stress and regulate fatigue.
During your breaks: take your eyes off the computer screen, move around or have a drink or a snack!
Tips: The Pomodoro method is a simple work technique to follow with a timer to better manage your concentration time, moreover, there is an application dedicated to this technique: Focus-To Do!
4. Manage your stress
It’s completely normal to be stressed before an exam, it’s a natural reaction to dealing with an unusual situation.
But you are prepared for it, you know how the test will unfold. Your preparation work upstream will allow you to arrive more serene on D-Day.
Tips: On D-Day, don’t hesitate to do breathing exercises to calm yourself down and concentrate.
5. Drink water
The brain is the organ in your body that needs the most energy and water.
Proper hydration is essential on a daily basis. Indeed, it allows:
- To promote concentration
- Strengthen cognitive abilities
- Make the brain work better
- Eliminate toxins from the body
- Properly regulate body temperature
- Improve physical performance
- To relieve headaches
Dehydration accentuates the feeling of anxiety. Hydrate well during the day, your brain will work faster and will therefore be more efficient in your revisions!