With exams or coursework coming up, this can be a stressful time of the year, but there is hope – it doesn’t need to be!
The BEST way to avoid stress is to get organised. By sorting things out in advance you will begin to feel less overwhelmed.
Trying to prepare yourself for looming deadlines can be a daunting process but by getting a head start now you can put yourself in the best position for success.
Lists are a great place to start and you can never make too many *hands up all my list lovers out there!?*
No task is too small for a list! You can make subject lists, then smaller ones based on topics or devise a list for each exam including the appropriate syllabus pointers. This can ensure that you don’t miss any of the key components, easing some of your nerves. Lists are the perfect way to allow you to prioritise too, perhaps a daily list with bigger important tasks at the top followed by smaller ‘bonus’ jobs at the bottom. Trial and error is the best technique for finding the best way lists work for you, but they will definitely help to visualise the tasks and breakdown each exam so it becomes less intimidating.
Time management is key to organising your life, because time is precious it must be spent in the best way. Downtime can be just as significant as revision time for your brain, so try to find a balance. Some people may advise you to create a revision timetable which can be a successful method for many students.
However, if planning out each hour of your day makes your palms sweat then try other techniques. Take each day as it comes and make to-do lists according to your daily activities and assign your subjects accordingly.
Think about taking breaks after school or having Sunday afternoons to not even think about your work. Find a routine that works for you and make sure you focus on the quality of your revision, not necessarily the quantity.
Revision Dates (yes, it’s a thing)
One important aspect of preparation is to organise different ways to revise. It can be an isolating time, with late nights spent at your desk scribbling away and panicking. By simply organising some revision dates with your pals the whole process will feel more manageable and way less lonely! Maybe once a week you could stay after school with a friend to revise a certain subject, or get a hot chocolate whilst you quiz each other on the upcoming material. This type of organisation can help clear your mind, which in the long-term will be most beneficial.
During this season hopefully these organisation tips will help you to feel prepared for any upcoming deadlines. Importantly, remember you can place your worries on to God always! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (Philippians 4:13).
Wishing you all the luck in the world x