Sleep

  • Aim to get 8 hours a night- if this is not possible try to get at least 5-6 hours  
  • Avoid cramming the night before as you might not retain the information with little sleep
  • Switch electronic devices off 1-2 hours before you sleep
  • If students struggle to sleep- think about incorporating mood lighting and reducing sugar intake before bed
  • Use the hour before bed to relax and unwind- not thinking about exams e.g., doing a face mask, picking clothes out for the next day, meditate, have a bath, write in a journal, chat to a friend
  • Tip- if students struggle to sleep ask them “what is the one thing they can do which will improve their sleep” and ask can they do that and commit to that?

Diet and Wellbeing

  • Before exams and not just the day before- incorporate more healthy, nutritious foods into the diet (need less sugar more filling healthy foods which last longer)
  • Consider how they can reduce their sugar intake
  • Consider taking short walking breaks away from the desk, preferably outside to get some fresh air
  • Tip- ask the students to rate their diet out of a scale of 1 to 10 (1= very poor and 10=excellent). If it could be improved ask them what is one thing they could do to improve their diet. No need for drastic changes as they are more than likely not going to be able to stick to that
  • Consider what foods they might need to bring with them into the exam to help stay focused and fuller for longer

Time Management

  • In the lead up to exams- consider focusing on 3 to 4 tasks per day
  • Revising- take regular breaks and step away from your workspace (try reflecting on what you previously studied before the break)
  • Consider making a schedule of the exams and breaking this down into daily tasks for the revision period (e.g. focus on 3 to 4 chapters today for exam 1 or choose to study two different exams; in the morning and afternoon)
  • If it helps create lists for yourself (don’t make them too long as they might not be attainable)
  • Don’t forget to spend time with family and friends but don’t forget about the studying (do as much over the Christmas period to avoid any cramming and panic when you come back in January)