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Exam stress in January

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Christmas has been and gone, you’re done indulging in the revelry of New Year, and honestly, the last thing you want to go back to after all the excitement is a load of stress-inducing, terrifying exams. For many students however, this is the reality of January, and as much as you’d rather avoid it…. Sorry, you kind of can’t!

I know what it’s like from my time at the University of Liverpool. You probably enjoyed yourself a little too much over the break, totally forgot about revision, and attempted to take my crown as Queen Procrastinator. It’s too late for you now, right? Well, no. Contrary to what other people may tell you (or to what you may be trying to convince yourself even now), there’s always time to make up for lost time, as it were.

Okay, I’ll level with you. Obviously, careful planning, preparation and lots of studying is potentially the best thing you could do in an exam situation. Well done if you’ve managed to exercise that level of self-control, but if that ship has sailed, all is not lost.

The first tip to studying well is to break it up into manageable chunks. I don’t mean you have to waste hours on making a revision guide (they help, but stop kidding yourself that it counts as actual revision!), but instead, figure out the essential stuff you need to learn, as well as the key facts, dates, quotes or points. These are the bones of your work, and you can build anything else around them. Read past papers where possible, have a look at some study guides, and honestly, just make sure that above all, you know how you might intelligently pump out an answer to a good standard. Even if you don’t think it’s possible to learn absolutely everything, think with a clear head, read the question and try to think positively.

Any and all revision counts. Fair enough, it may not all be created equal, but people who used to tell me that the reading I did an hour before exams was pointless because “if I didn’t know it now, I never would” used to grind my gears. I reckon the stuff you absorb right before will be key, because it will stick in your mind.

When it comes to stress, there are a fair few ways of getting by. Many of them will sound like clichés, but trust me, they’ll help. Get plenty of sleep, for starters, and make sure you’re eating enough to keep you going. Give yourself little incentives for good work, but be honest with yourself – it’ll only be yourself you’re cheating if you don’t do your best. Remember, as much as it’s important to try hard at University, your health is the most important thing of all. University is not the be all and end all.

Liberty Living want your time at University to be as smooth sailing as possible. I’m pretty sure they can’t do your exams for you, but they can help make your life in student accommodation and beyond easier in a whole host of other ways.

Good luck and remember – University is what you make it!

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Posted on 9th January 2015 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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