Easter is approaching and hopefully you are taking some time to relax and enjoy the holidays. However, maybe you're part of the large percentage of students who are revising for end of year exams. Here are 5 ways you can make your revision count over the next couple of months...
- Eat breakfast: It is estimated that around 27% of men and 39% of women skip breakfast some or all of the time. It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing: research has found that skipping this meal significantly reduces attention and the ability to recall information. Simply having a bowl of cereal will give you the concentration and memory boost you need.
- Put your phone away: Phones can be distracting; they are linked to fomo (fear of missing out), and evidence suggests that undergraduate students who spend more time texting and using social media get lower grades. In another fascinating study, researchers found that the mere sight of a phone was enough to reduce a person’s ability to focus. The implication couldn’t be clearer: out of sight really is out of mind.
- Get some fresh air and exercise: You cannot work all day, every day. Nor should you. Revision has to be about quality, as well as quantity. Going outside and getting some fresh air helps people feel refreshed and better able to focus afterwards. Furthermore, doing a little bit of exercise helps people deal better with stressful situations: it reduces anxiety and increases self-esteem.
- Sleep: Students are encouraged to work hard and revise a lot before their exams: however, there comes a time when you need to stop and go to sleep. If you fall asleep within five minutes of your head hitting the pillow, you should probably be going to bed earlier.
- Plan your time: Okay, this might be a shameless plug, but using a Study Guide or plan can help you to organise your time, stay on track and relieve some anxiety. We are sending Study calendars out to all university halls residents, but if you want to download one, you can do so here. (This may not open in Google chrome, we recommend using internet explorer).
Good luck with your exams, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your year with us.