Exam season - two words which are enough to strike dread and fear into the heart of any student. We all have our own way of getting through it. For some it's a regimented routine of study in the library, for others it's a more flexible routine wherever they feel most comfortable. However, sometimes the time of year is too much and we start to panic - leading us to attempt 12 hour stints of revision in a bid to get all the information into our heads. While this may initially make sense (more time = more information, right?), it can actually be detrimental to your revision. You'll end up losing focus and becoming even more stressed out. Instead, you should be switching off occasionally to make sure your mind can recharge - that's right, we're saying you should procrastinate! But you have to be careful, some procrastination methods are more useful than others, so read on as we list some ways that you can procrastinate effectively this exam season.
A happy stomach leads to a happy brain! I can't tell you the amount of times I've seen somebody during exam season whip out a ready meal. They'll then proceed to try and eat it with one eye on their revision notes. Meals should be a break from work
, so make sure to set time aside for cooking and eating - away from your notes
. Listen to some music as you cook or watch some mindless TV while you eat to give your mind something else to focus on. If you really haven't got time to spare, make large meals before the exam season and freeze portions - you'll have a cooked meal ready for when it's needed.
Get up, get out
Ask yourself - how long have I been sat here? When was the last time I had some fresh air? If you can't remember, you need to get outside and have a change of scenery
. Going for a walk outside (or just around the building if it's terrible weather) can really help refresh your mind. Listening to music can also help distract you from your work - perfect for when you need a break! Audiobooks are a personal favourite of mine, as they allow to focus completely on something else.
You may not want to hear it, but exercise is a much needed friend during exam season. Force yourself away from the desk and go for a run, swim or gym session - anything to get the blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Just remember to refuel afterwards - you don't want to exhaust yourself to the point where you can't work!
Our favourite one! Yes, the temptation is there for you to work into the early hours of the morning, sleep and then wake up again bright and early for another long day. Unfortunately, this will quickly lead to you burning out and constantly feeling tired
. Everybody's sleep requirements are different, so make sure you get enough for you
Work on something else
We'll admit, this may sound stupid, but bare with us. If you have a hobby, then indulging in that hobby during the evenings can be an excellent way to switch off and relax before you go to bed
. Make sure to keep that hobby within set times though - the last thing you want is it replacing your study time.
Ultimately, these points all come down to the same thing - take care of yourself!