Exams may be boring, they may fill you with dread, but the fact is, you're at uni and they have to be done (sorry!!)
As much as sitting at your desk is the last thing you want to do when you've just got back to uni, the more you do now the less you'll have to cram - because nobody loves an all-nighter the night before...
Take the stress out of the whole process by following our tips on being prepared.
- Take breaks
Studying in one long session isn't productive. Aim to work for between 60-90 minutes, then break for 30. It'll help you remember more of what you're studying, and will give your brain a rest while you do your own thing - making it seem less of a chore!
- Healthy revision
Make sure you drink plenty of water, eat well, and get plenty of sleep. If you start to feel stressed, draw up a plan so that you can be confident you'll be covering everything you need to.
- Incentivise your studies
A trip to the cinema? A night out? Set goals in your studies and use these as the rewards. It will make the work seem worth it. Just make sure there's a balance between work and pleasure so you keep on track with your targets.
- Find the environment that works for you
If you work better alone, then it makes sense to do this. Don't be persuaded to work with friends. That might be the way they learn best, but it will detriment your study if you're the opposite.
- A helping hand
You might not work best in groups, but if you have any free time, discussion with course-mates can test what you really know (and check you've gone over everything)!
- There really is an app for that!
If you're easily distracted, download this for your Mac, or this for your PC. They'll block you from going onto distracting websites like Facebook for the set duration of your studying!