A Levels are known for causing insane amounts of stress in students, something which is not beneficial when it comes to trying to revise. Luckily for you, we’ve come up with a list of seven ways to beat A Level exam stress!
1. Take a break
You are not a machine so you can’t work for hours. It’s not forbidden for you to take a break and watch TV with your family instead of endlessly studying your textbook. Working too much can lead to feeling burnt out and that will lead to you being much less productive. Take a break and then come back to your work in an hour, we can almost guarantee you’ll feel much better.
2. Don’t compare your revision to others
Everyone revises in different ways, maybe someone has made stacks of notes but that doesn’t mean that your revision is any worse. Everyone works at their own pace and to their own strengths so don’t worry if you’re doing completely different things to your friends and other people in your year group.
3. Plan out your study sessions
See it as a sort of lesson plan! Just saying ‘revise for physics’ is much more daunting than ‘read chapter two of textbook and summarise it,’. Breaking it down gives you a place to start and make it easy to see your progression through what you have to study. Work out what you’re going to do before you sit down and get started so you are completely ready to go when you open your books.
4. Eat properly
And that means no snacking on junk food. This will just make you feel more run down and won’t help you with your stress. Eating healthy snacks will make you feel better as well as improving your health at the same time- crucial to avoid getting ill during exam time!
5. Get a decent amount of sleep
You should be getting around 8 hours every night, but ideally more if you can. Being well rested means you’re more likely to focus the next day and concentrate on what you’re doing. If you feel sleepy during a study session then consider taking a nap and coming back to it afterwards, it may make you focus better on the work. Forcing yourself to sit at a desk when you’re tired will do more harm than good and will increase your stress levels. This also means that you shouldn’t pull all-nighters unless you absolutely have to. Any work you do is unlikely to be the best work you could do, so it isn’t the ideal thing to do.
6. Talk to someone about it
This could be a teacher, a parent, a therapist or just your friends. You’re not the first person to go through this and they will all be able to help you in some way. Maybe your teacher can come up with a way of organising extra sessions if you’re struggling or sometimes you just need a friend to empathise with you. Either way, getting your stress off of your chest will make you feel a million times better than keeping it all inside of you and letting it grow.
7. Don’t feel guilty
If you accidentally watched an extra episode of something on Netflix and missed your study session then don’t let it drag you down. Instead just think of how you’ll avoid it next time and do the study session at the next time you can. Missing one session won’t destroy all of your revision, but letting it stress you out will because you’ll end worrying about it instead of working.
Hopefully these tips helped you out a little. Remember you shouldn’t spend your A Levels just stressing, there’s also time for fun too!