This is the time of the year again and you’re feeling the stress of exams creeping up! Before you go into a panic attack, let us share with you some tips on how to beat stress during this challenging period.

Place
Note your individual preference: Studying alone or in a group, sitting or lying down, in a quiet place or “noisy” place (e.g. in a cafe or canteen).

Period
Know your Peak Time: when you’re most alert and able to concentrate (e.g. you may focus best early in the morning, afternoon, at night or after midnight).

Take short breaks (10 minutes) after 40 to 50 minutes of studying. After 2 hours, take a 30-minute break.

Studying periods must be interruption-free (no phone calls, TV, Youtube, other internet usages). You can do these during the breaks.

Set an alarm for both study and break periods and stick to them.

Planning
Focus on important topics – past year exam papers can serve as a guide.

Make summaries while revising, e.g. make Mind Maps or use other summary methods you have learnt.

Study the most difficult subject or topic first because you’re most alert during the beginning phase of your Peak Time.

Physical
Important to continue with physical exercises or sports (but observe time limit), even during revision period, to help de-stress.

Last but not least, get appropriate help from your lecturers and friends whenever needed.

Source: NYP Counselling Services, August 2009

Related Library books on study tips:
(1) Select 15 forgotten secrets that will make you a better student
(2) The art of studying: from school to university and beyond
(3) College study skills: becoming a strategic learner
(4) Essential study skills
(5) Scholar’s secrets: how to get your A’s
(6) The student’s guide to exam success
(7) Teach yourself good study skills

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