ncs 24/05/2018

NCS grad Daniel talks us through his top tips for surviving during the stressful exam period and why you should ALWAYS take that break.

Since being young kids we have been influenced into believing education is the most important thing in the world. I do believe education is important but the amount of pressure we put on it is unbelievable.

From what I have come to see, it can be ridiculous what some people put themselves through with the stress and the pressure of it all.

Throughout my education I have seen the strains and stress that people go through as they get caught up in deadlines and revision. They forget about the simple things in life, like kicking back and taking a break.

So here are five simple tips to help you beat stress and get through your exams without exhausting yourself:

  1. Be organised e.g. have everything for your work and revision ready
  2. Prioritise your time e.g. create a revision timetable for certain subjects during your day, short and often
  3. Eat well and exercise regularly
  4. Keep everything in perspective, work hard now and enjoy the rewards later
  5. Relax, kickback and take a break!

It is easy to lose focus of what's important when you’re stressed. So whilst doing revision is important, chilling out and relaxing is just as important. When you’re beginning to panic and stress over exams and revision, certain things like your health and well-being shouldn’t be neglected.

Be assured though that although it is great to try your best and do well in these exams, outside of this there are still many other aspects to pursue after your exams. Creativity and innovation are so important. If it wasn't for the people who have taken risks and been creative in many other ways other than exams, we simply wouldn't be where we are today.

Albert Einstein said, ‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid’. Simply put, everyone is different, so try not to be defined by a grade or score. Exams and their results are not the end of you and your future.