Exam season is quickly approaching, which for many students means a growing revision schedule and a bundle of nerves. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how stressful busy revision timetables and a long list of exams can be. That’s why we’ve come up with some ways to help you stay positive and motivated during exam season as well as minimise your nerves and increase your confidence levels! If one things for sure it’s that a positive mindset is the easiest way to increase your chances of success.
Make your revision timetable clear to friends and family
There really isn’t anything worse than being in the middle of a revision session and getting interrupted by parents or asked to go out and do something fun with your friends. Making your family and friends aware of your revision schedule will help you avoid these interruptions and allow you to stay on track. It’s much easier to keep a positive mindset when you and everyone around you knows that you’re on top of your workload, focused and in control!
Know you’re not alone
Whenever you feel nervous or stressed about your next exam or annoyed that you have to spend so much time revising, remember you’re not alone! Everyone else is in the same boat as you and revision is only temporary. Before you know it your exams will be over, so it’s crucial that you put in as much effort as possible into the short time you do have to study and prepare.
Ask for help if you need it!
One of the main reasons for revision is to refresh your memory and fill in the gaps in your knowledge. If you ever feel like you need more information or you’re not as confident in a subject area as you would like, never be embarrassed to ask for help. Acknowledging that you have a support system and using it to your advantage is a smart move and will help you gain a better understanding and boost your confidence levels.
Remind yourself of the things you’re good at
Revision can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’re working on a subject that you particularly struggle with. If you’re finding something tricky and are feeling de-motivated or frustrated, remind yourself of all the subjects you thrive at. It’s completely normal to not be great at everything, so by focusing on what you’re good at will make you feel much more positive.
Even though this may seem a little silly, especially when your revising Shakespeare notes, trying to enjoy your revision and having a ‘Can do’ attitude will make it not seem so bad. By adopting a positive mindset, you will not only feel encouraged but it will help you to achieve the results you deserve.
Stress can be good
A little bit of stress can be surprisingly beneficial during exams. In fact, a healthy amount of pressure can be extremely motivational, meaning that you’re much more likely to push through and perform to the best of your ability.