My Exam Handbook

It’s that season again.

For the past four years of my life, this time of the year has marked the start of serious, or relatively serious, exams: IGCSEs, AS exams, A2 exams, and now first year uni exams.

Around April is when panic begins. Have you started revising? How much have you revised? You let out a nervous laugh and quickly change the conversation.

Right now Twitter is full of procrastination tweets. I laugh but cry internally.

I thought I’d pen down (or whatever the typing equivalent is) a few words of wisdom and tips regarding this season.

Here are my top tips (in no particular order)…

  1. Do everything at your own pace
    If your friend can revise for 5 hours non-stop, that doesn’t mean that you can.
  2. Avoid drama
    It’s not worth it. At all.
  3. Push yourself, but not beyond your limits
    You’ll end up tiring yourself out, which would produce the opposite effect of what you’d be trying to achieve.
  4. Stop putting unnecessary pressure on yourself
    Key word: unnecessary. Some pressure is good; it helps you stay on track.
  5. Stay calm
    This is easier said than done. The best way to stay calm is to ensure that you are not surrounded by people in panic mode. Not being calm can trigger things such as panic attacks, which would be the last thing that you’d want going into an exam.
  6. Get enough rest
    Not just the night before your exam. Ensure that you are well rested during the whole period. You will probably be more productive that way.
  7. Have a good support system
    Friends, family, flatmates, teachers etc.
  8. Manifest what you want*
    Manifestation is ‘the ability to attract, create, and turn any vision you have into reality’. I’ve been reading about manifestation since January; I started out with the book ‘Manifest Now’ by Idil Ahmed. I would 100% recommend this book. There is also a kindle version available.
  9. Stop procrastinating
    I know I’m being hypocritical right now because that’s all I’ve been doing for the past two weeks. I need to take my own advice.

Also, remember that exams don’t define you. Yes, I know I’ve just drop the most cliché line I could drop, but it’s true. Yes they matter to some extent, but they do not define you at all. And if the worst comes to the worst, you can almost always take a resit. It is not the end of the world.

My mum always asks: did you try your best? And if the answer is yes, then that’s good enough. Put in as much effort as you can; remember, you reap what you sow.

*there’s way more to manifestation, but it would take too long to go into depth about it.