The Good Behaviours to Adopt During the Exam Period
by Idriss Diamouténé
3rd-Year Student in Management (with a complementary option in Entrepreneurship
The exam period is back, and for many students, it is the most stressful week of the year. Between review sessions, work and personal life, it is often difficult to find balance. Here are a few behaviours you would be wise to adopt in order to go through this period more easily. I hope these tips will be useful to you. Wishing you great success in your exams!
During the exams period, time is precious. We need to manage our time, our studies and all our other activities. The best way to achieve it is to plan our tasks carefully. A revision calendar and a to-do list organized in order of importance or priority can help us to use our time efficiently as we prepare for exams.
We often assume, incorrectly, that during the exam period, sleep is a waste of time. We would rather get extra caffeine than a few extra hours of sleep. The truth is, when well rested, we are better equipped to understand and assimilate what we learn. So next time you get the chance, get some rest!
Take time for yourself.
Just as sleeping well, taking time to relax during the exams period improves efficiency and facilitates anxiety and stress management. Going out with friends, watching a few episodes of your favourite show or reading a few pages from a good book are only a few of the numerous, beneficial activities that you can do to recharge your batteries and to approach your exams with a positive attitude.
As you prepare for exams, diet is an important factor of success. So you need to eat healthy, and this means getting enough hydration. A healthy diet boosts your memory and allows you to stay in great shape.
Ask for help.
If you worry, for example about your classes, or if you’re experiencing stress, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We often imagine that we can manage everything all by ourselves, but a little bit of support can have unsuspected benefits.
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