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10 Essential But Easy Ways To Survive January Exams

The festive season has come to an end and there are definite good points and bad points of going back to Uni. A major bad point being…exams.

Here’s how to survive this horrible trip back to the reality of your degree…

1. Sleep, don’t cram. 

It’s an obvious start, but how do you expect to pass if you don’t get enough sleep? Unless you’re superhuman, chances are you just won’t function well in an exam if you’ve been up all night cramming.

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2. Eat your weight in revision snacks.

Everyone needs a bit of brain food, right? If you have any Christmas chocolate left, now is the time to happily scoff it and not feel guilty at all.

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3. PANIC (a bit).

Don’t let your mind run away from you with stressful thoughts, but do embrace the panic and use it to your advantage. A little bit of stress is actually good – if you motivate yourself and think how much it will all be worth it in the end.

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4. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

If your revision looks like gibberish and you feel lost, talk to your friends and favourite tutors/lecturers. It’s not good to keep things bottled up, and they’ll support you and perk you up.

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5. Listen to empowering music.

Apply personal preferences accordingly.

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6. Stay away from Netflix and iPlayer.

You’re entitled to revision breaks – but a Walking Dead marathon does not qualify unfortunately. A quick Youtube video is okay though (if you can trust yourself not to click on any of the suggested ones that follow).

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7. Think about where you work best.

Is your house loud and distracting? Or it may be so cold at this time of year that you might have to wrap yourself in several layers in bed to keep warm. Bed is obviously not a place associated with productivity so think about whether you’d prefer to revise in the library or any other quiet study spaces your uni has.

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8. Stay alert.

But don’t have too many energy drinks…

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9. Reward yourself.

Had an extremely productive day of revision? Give yourself a pat on the back and order pizza. Giving yourself small rewards and allowing yourself to feel proud of your progress so far is a great way to motivate yourself to get up early the next day to do it all over again. And if you have the opposite experience, try not to beat yourself up about it, just make a mental note to really try the next day. Don’t worry, this revision ‘joy’ will soon be over…

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10. PARTY afterwards.

You may well also find yourself feeling motivated by the fact that you can go out and drink yourself silly once you’ve finished your last exam. So hit the pub and make the most of those pound parties, you’ve earned it!

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