With the first SQA exam in Scotland commencing tomorrow, (good luck to everyone sitting the English exam this year!) this post is something I think will be relevant to most of you reading today. I really hope you find it somewhat helpful, as I know I wish I had something like this to read during my study breaks in the previous years.
1. Remember that you do you.
You are the only one who knows what works for you. You know what method of studying works best for you, what environment you focus best in, and whether or not having music on in the background helps you revise. Just because the top student in your Human Biology class gets great grades through doing countless past papers, doesn't mean that if you do the exact same that you'll get the same grades.
2. Remember everything you have to do
Or maybe, don't... With the number of exams you have to study for, plus all the different topics within each subject, it's unlikely that you'll be able to remember every single detail, including what you have and have not done. I would recommend you map out a study plan, or a to-do list- you don't have to stick to it religiously, but then at least you'll have some idea of what you need to do each day.
3. Remember to stay organised
As a part of my higher administration and it course, I learnt that desk stress is a huge contributor to stress, procrastination, and failure to meet targets. An easy way to combat this is through having an effective filing system, where you know where everything is. I personally find it helpful to have a magazine box for each subject, so that nothing gets mixed up or lost.
4. Remember to take time out
Yes, your exams are important, and yes, of course you want to achieve the best grades possible, but running yourself to the ground is not the way to do it... I would know. If you ever feel like you're giving up even a slither of your mental health for your grades, just stop. Your health and well-being is so much more important than your grades. Take time out to do the things you actually want to do, and you might even find that it will refresh your motivation and concentration when you start to study again.
5. Remember to talk it out
If you ever feel like you're becoming overwhelmed with work and stress, tell someone. Whether it's a close friend, relative, mentor or even your GP, it's really important that you have someone reliable to lend a helping hand. This is a really stressful time for everybody, and having someone to give you that extra little boost really can make all the difference.