Exec Blog: Stress Less

Tuesday 14-01-2020 - 15:34

 

With the new term starting, exams and deadlines will soon follow. As daunting as it may feel, there is so much support available to you.

 

While for some, January assessments have become the 'norm' after the Christmas holidays, for others, this will be your first exam period at University. The key to good grades is revision and preparation. Whether you have an exam coming up or an assessment due, make sure you take time to plan your revision and make time to look after yourself.

 

My Stress Less campaign aims to encourage you to take a break and reduce your stress. We’re hosting a range of activities including plant sales, doodling and craft workshops and… the pooches are back! You can find out more information about the campaign and the list of events here.

 

This exam period, focus on what you need to do and don’t let yourself stress over these myths when revising!

 

Revision Myths

 

"I don’t need a timetable; I’ll just revise when I can"

  • Having prepared a timetable will help you keep track of your revision and stay motivated
  • Don’t forget to schedule in breaks!
  • Taking good amount of breaks can reduce mental fatigue, boost brain function and help you stay focused.

 

"The more time I spent revising, the better I’ll do"

  • The more time you spend taking in information and learning how to use it to answer exam questions, the better you’ll do. However, this can’t be done well if you study non-stop.
  • While good grades come from a lot of revising, it’s important to schedule in breaks to support brain function so that you don’t end up staring at notes that doesn’t sink in.

 

"I should have a dedicated study area. This will make me study better"

  • It’s proven that we study better when we alter our study routines.
  • Take advantage of our social study spaces, our comfy spaces and our quiet zones all based in each library as well as other areas around campus.

 

"The best way to study is to read your notes over and over again"

  • The key to good studying is a mixture of repetitive reading as well as using the information you’ve read and learning how to use them in exam questions.

 

Here are some top tips for successful studying:

  • Plan your time
  • Discover your learning style and what works best
  • Organize study groups with friends
  • Explain your answers to others
  • Ask for help
  • Stay motivated
  • Look after yourself!
 
 
 

Lois Jones
Education Officer

 

You can drop me a question on social anytime @LoisJonesSU on Facebook or @USWSUOfficers on Twitter, or email su.education@southwales.ac.uk. 

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