Rest

Sorry in advance if the above picture makes you hungry. It definitely made me hungry!

I know a lot of my posts have been about doing as much revision as you can and that it entails you to dedicate yourself to long hours of study. This is not the case always. Yes, you have to do work to see results but don’t tire yourself out. If you feel like you’re tired and work is getting too much, then take a day or two off and just do whatever it is you do that alleviates stress. Go out with your friends to eat, watch a movie etc. Do anything to take your mind off school and exams. I know the feeling of fatigue and that revision can make you stressed. Believe me, I’ve been there. I once took like 2-3 weeks rest just to get myself away from all the work and stress. Like I said before, rest and recovery are crucial in you passing exams because you need to have days where you don’t do any work just to take away all the stress. So, if you’re feeling under pressure that you need to do work at a certain time, then don’t. Just rest and get your brain back to optimal levels.

The following thing I am about to say may sound obvious but it is the most important thing you need to do when preparing for an exam. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your exam. I’ve seen many people try and cram that last bit of revision in and pull an all nighter. Then they complain when they haven’t got the results they wanted or they messed up on a question that they were 100% sure they knew. They messed up because they didn’t get enough sleep before the exam. Memory recall and the ability to maintain concentration are much improved when an individual is rested. So, by preparing early and being able to better recall what you have studied, your ability to perform well on exams is increased.

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