Exam stress is sky high, and the occasional days of glorious Danish summer weather really doesn’t help when it comes to study motivation. Most of us are probably just steps away from going insane around this time. We all know there are ways of dealing with all of this, and we all know what they are. But sometimes we just need to be reminded. So here are 10 ways to keep insanity at bay over the next few weeks.
1. Know your limits
Let’s face it. We’re not superhuman, no matter how much we’d like to believe so. Cramming a whole semester’s worth of notes into your brain on the night before the exam is just not going to cut it. Be realistic: work out how much you can actually get through in one evening, and pick what to focus on. Prioritize what needs your attention the most and pick a study method that works best for you. Chances are that you actually have enough time to work through it all; you just need to take a deep breath and get on with it.
2. Get moving
Going to the gym or going for a quick run are definitely not options on my list of top priorities during the exam period (or ever really…). But especially during times when your brain is experiencing a mental workout, it’s really important for your body to be moving as well. Get up from your desk, stretch, go for a walk to clear your head. Bonus: You’ll come out of the exam period fit and ready for the summer!
3. Give and get help
Whether the advice you need is academic, professional or personal, there will always be someone who wants to help you. Reach out to your classmates. You know they have a good understanding of the material. Arrange a study session. Then offer to help them out on a topic, which they might not be so confident in. This way, you’ll be a huge help to them – and helping them will be good revision for you too.
4. Get some sleep
For most people, the exam period means lots of late nights of coffee-induced essay writing and very little sleep. In the long run, though, it’s probably not going to make you all that productive if you don’t give your mind a rest. This is a good thing to remember when you’re trying to find an excuse to take a nap.
Reward yourself after notetaking on each subject. Get a coffee or have a quick beer with a friend. A little time away from your notes will work wonders when it comes to creating a momentum of study motivation.
6. Create a revision playlist
Lots of different studies have been done on what’s the best type of music to listen to while studying. Some claim it’s classical music; others argue that the soundtrack from video games boosts your cognitive abilities. Some studies even recommend listening to music in a foreign language, so the lyrics won’t distract you. Test a few options and find your perfect study groove.
7. Clean up your shit
A clean workspace makes it easier to get an overview of what you’ve already done, and what is still pending. A clear view is guaranteed to make you even the tiniest bit more motivated to study.
8. Rediscover the joys of crayons
Color code your notes using as many vibrant colors as you can. It makes studying so much more endurable, and it makes it super easy to skim through your notes just before the exam so you can find what you’re looking for.
9. Nerves (in small doses) are good
Everybody gets nervous at some point. In fact, a little bit of nervous energy is actually a good thing. It means you’ve realized that what you’re doing is important and worth your time and effort.
Relax. You know your stuff! Probably more than you give yourself credit for. In just a few weeks, the exams will be over, and you’ll be lying in the sun with a Mimosa in your hand.