Arcadis reveal how to keep sane during the manic Christmas period
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Although exam period is upon you, Christmas is such an important and precious time to spend with our families, please enjoy this time and try to balance your study with rest – it should pay dividends.
Keeping things in perspective
Exams might seem like the most crucial thing right now but, in the grander scheme of your whole life, they are only a small part. Interrupt negative thoughts with positive ones. E.g: “I can do this”, “I will do my best”, “I can pass this test”, “I will focus only on the question in front of me.” "I have done it before, so I can do it again." Actively challenge your irrational thoughts. Life will be worth living regardless of this exam. Be proud of yourself for taking this course and getting this far, regardless of the outcome.
Plan your study time
Too little time and overload of material = Apprehension. Plan your study with regular scheduled study sessions approximately 50 minutes long separated by 5 – 10 minute breaks.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Anxiety increases when you are tired, run down and snowed under. Ensure you have:
• Exercise will help you switch off as well as giving you energy;
• Positive thoughts/beliefs – don’t be negative;
• Sleep – try to go to bed a couple of hours before midnight (sleep had before midnight is apparently more beneficial than any other).
Get yourself into exam mode
Practice on sample tests in the textbook or study guide. Look at past exams. Ask for suggestions from your Lecturer what to expect in the exam, what course materials should be emphasised, how to prioritise study time for the course.
Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "Oh my God I've only read ‘Romeo & Juliet’ 17 times" conversations are annoying. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable and stick to it!