January university exams: four essential study tips

Many university students will have exams in January and will spend a much of their time in December studying for their exams.

As well as the usual tips to stay hydrated, get enough exercise and sleep, and eat well (which are all incredibly important when you’re faced with January exams), we have some other tips that can help you to manage stress levels during this exam season.

1. Take breaks regularly

It’s easier to work hard when you know you have a reward waiting for you. You could watch TV, grab a coffee with a friend or take time doing a hobby or activity you enjoy. Whatever you choose, set your break in advance so you have something to look forward to.

Think about how long you can concentrate before your mind begins to wander and then set a break. Avoid breaks for longer than 20 minutes to allow you to jump back in without losing focus. Once you have finished for the day, physically close the books, the laptop or the worksheets and clear the desk. This signals to your brain that it’s time to save all the new information, and we will start again tomorrow.

2. Reduce the pressure

Exam season comes with a lot of pressure, so try to reduce outside factors that might make things worse. Discussing exams or thinking about them excessively after they are over can often leave you feeling worried and can impact your mood for the next one.

Try not to spend a lot of time discussing them with your course mates. Instead, create study groups to help you study for the next exam.

Avoid social media just before and after exams as you might see people posting about them, which could make you feel more anxious.