Here's for those who are in the midst of their exams right now. It's probably one of the most stressful and mentally and physically draining times of your life. Whether it's GCSE, AS or A Level, they're all equally as demanding. 
As much as we don't like them, we have no choice other than to take them. All we can do is ensure we are fully prepared to go in to the exam hall feeling confident. Starting with revision.

There are two types of people when it comes to revision, those who procrastinate to escape the stress and those who over work. Now i'm no expert, but something I've learnt this year about revision is how vital breaks are. Teachers and parents are constantly at us all 'you need to revise' 'any free time, revise' 'eat, sleep, breathe revision'. It can become a little very overwhelming. I can't stress how important it is to break it down into chunks to make it easier to digest. 

What works best for me is doing 10-15 minutes worth of revision and then take a 5-10 minute break. Breaks can be anything from checking twitter/instagram etc, to going for a walk or walking round my house. for me it's writing blog posts and taking pictures or singing. It stops me from panicking and giving up all together. Whats the point in trying to cram stuff in in one go and it go straight out your brain the as fast as it went in? 

You've probably heard it 120 times, but drinking water regularly is so important when it comes to exams and revision. You're brain works so much better when its hydrated. Try to avoid fizzy drinks and sugary drinks, combining them with stress makes your skin play up like crazy, trust me. (your skins the last thing you need to be worrying about). Don't forget to take a bottle of water into the exam with you as well!

It's also key to get into good sleeping habits. Going to bed early and getting a good nights sleep is essential to make sure you're refreshed, ready to take in information (if your revising) or ready to regurgitate information (exams). Stop revising an hour before you go to bed, allow yourself time to unwind. Take a bath, read a book, practice some relaxation techniques, anything that helps you sleep. Also having a hot chocolate (made with milk, not water) before bed can help you sleep apparently, i'm not sure of the exact science but it's something to do with the proteins in the milk.. blah blah. 

Last but not least, remember that exams are not the be all and end all of life. Results don't define who you are, plenty of people have made something of themselves who didn't have good qualifications. Of course that's not to say don't try your best, but remember if worse comes to worse there are always other options available. Also if you have got yourself into a bit of state, it's always best to talk to someone. Don't be afraid to talk to your teacher if you need help on work, might as well use them for all they're worth and take time to meet up with friends to let off steam in between revision. 

I wish i'd realised half of these things before now, could have saved myself from a lot of tears and stress. But just think of the stress free summer holiday you're going to get to enjoy as soon as it's all over. To be honest, the thought of summer is the only thing keeping me going right now. 

I hoped this helped. Remember to think positively and believe in yourself!

good luck! 

Liv xo 


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