By Jess Brown
Don’t hate me fellow students but because i’m on an illustration course I don’t have to do exams… I know that will make some of you possibly throw your phones or laptops in fits of rage, and truly I do understand. Although I will argue we do have a lot of work with the hand ins that we have to do, but we’re not here to debate such things. We’re here because i’ve spoken to my pals who do have exams to try and find some of the best ways to dealing with all this stress you may be experiencing.
Here’s what they had to say followed by a little note from me-
Stephanie: Get someone to quiz you as when you recite it back, it makes the memory stronger.
Did you ever play Dr Kawashima’s brain training on the Nintendo DS? It’s kind of like that. Repetition and quizzing makes the brain take more in, it’s how we learn anything. It also may be productive to just have a mate there who can help you take these things in.
Annabelle: Water!! Hydrate your brain!!!
This is truth! Science says we should have 6 - 8 glasses of water a day. Dehydration can not only make you fatigued and poorly but it can also make you lose focus. 60% of the human body is water and not replenishing these fluids can lead to lack of concentration and even memory and motor functions. Three things vital to exams!
Lauren: Make sure you get enough sleep, staying up too late to study makes you focus less and can be counter productive.
7 - 9 hours is the average amount of sleep humans need to function well. The same negative effects that happen when you’re dehydrated happen when you’re tired too!
Olivia: Don’t stress to much, exams aren’t the end of the world. Most can be resit, if you put too much pressure on yourself the likelihood of you performing your best is slim!
This is great advice. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself over a grade or an exam! Do your best and get some rest.
Daniella: Remember to take time for yourself every now and then. Watch a movie, have a bath. Nothing good can come from overdoing it.
Relaxation is so important. You won’t fail your degree and the world won’t end if you watch a bit of Gavin and Stacey.
Zack: Take a break every 20 minutes or so, that’s what I do when I’m stressed.
Also if you’re using a computer it’s suggested that a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is standard to making sure your eyes don’t go funny and to keep your brain from overloading.
I’ll conclude by just adding that exams, whilst really important can obviously put so much pressure on people and it’s important to try and keep good people around who can support you and keep you relatively level headed. If you are struggling too much it’s also important to try and get help either at the Hallam Union Advice Center or through SHU wellbeing. The links to which you can find here-