Sunday, 7 May 2017

Top 10: Things You Need to Survive Exams

Happy Sunday!

As you know, seeing as I have been talking about it a lot on the blog lately, I'm currently going through exams. I've pretty much spent the last month studying for them as well. Which is why I feel like it might be appropriate to make this list of the ten things that helped me most when it comes to writing the exams and also preparing for them. For those who have exams in the future, I hope this is helpful. Or maybe you agree with some of these?


1. Family 

My family have been living through these exams with me. They ask me how it's going. They spoil me and buy me treats to motivate me to keep studying. They talk me down from mounting stress, and whenever I need a hug they are right there for me. I don't know if I could've seen this through without them!


2. Friends



Friends are great whether they are or aren't going through the exams with you. If they are, you have someone you can go to with questions! If not, then you just have someone to take your mind off of the upcoming exams for a little while. 


3. Good Food



Trust me, you'll need this. I've been eating healthy through my exams to have a happy and healthy brain. But it makes the treats you allow yourself to have as study rewards just that little bit more rewarding as well. :D


4. Yoga and Meditation



I love yoga and meditation. It's also a very free stress reliever. I was pretty much doing practice daily because it flushed all the tension out of my body that built up while I was scribbling answers in the exam room and anticipating the next one. 


5. 10 Min Cardio Workouts



Back at it again with the physical workout suggestions. But really, I am a firm believer of the happy and healthy body leading to a happy and healthy mind. I didn't do this everyday but it was a nice way to work up a little sweat, relax, and take a study break. 

6. Youtube Tutorials 



If there is a topic you're supposed to be studying and you can't understand it... youtube tutorials will be your lifesaver. Also, a tip of watching the tutorials at a faster pace, of 1.5x, means you might save a bit of time as well. 

7. Make a Schedule 


Time management is essential. You want to have time to study everything you need, but you also want to be able to rest and relax as well. Make a realistic schedule and try your best to stick to it. It will help you so much. 


8. A Good Television Series


Re-watch a favourite television series of yours before bed. If the episodes are short (20 minutes long) that's the ideal length. It's a great way to switch off before going to bed, and rest your mind from all the knowledge you're cramming in. I've been watching Baby Daddy.

9. Music 



I am aware this one doesn't work for everyone. But I really just CANNOT study without some music in the background. 

10. Perspective



This may be one of the most important ones. When you're going through exams sometimes life feels centered around them. It can be hard to see an 'after' exams, and what you will be doing then. Try and keep perspective in mind because exams aren't the beginning and end of everything ;)

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New Video! My book review of The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz :)


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Olivia's Question: What's a recommendation that you would have included on this list?

Olivia-Savannah x

26 comments:

  1. Good luck with your exams! Music always help me to relax.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, music is the best ;)

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  2. Great advice about exams. Hope yours have been going well. Youtube is amazing and I thought that was a great tip about watching videos about things you are having trouble understanding. I find it is a good way for me to learn or review things. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I think they did? Yes, youtube is a wonderful resource open to everyone!

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  3. Good luck with your exams, Olivia. I'm sure you'll be brilliant.

    Thanks for the tips. Sharing this with my teen. :)

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    1. Hopefully they will be. And I hope they benefit your teen :)

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  4. Great tips! I am sure that you will do well on your exams.

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  5. All I can say is that I am sooooo glad I'm done with exams as far as I can possibly see! Good luck with your exams!

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    1. It must be SO great to be done with them forever!

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  6. Caffeine! I prefer coffee to tea, but will settle for either. I hope exams are coming along well for you. Best of luck and keep us posted on your college process. <3

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

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    1. I drink coffee whenever I really need the boost, but I try my best to go without it. Although I do like coffee hehe :D

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  7. These are all so true. Get a walk outside too. It helps clear the mind and refreshes you. Like a reboot button. ;)

    Good luck, dear!

    Love this post, btw. The gifs and memes are on point!

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    1. Ooh, that's a good point I should have mentioned as well. Fresh air is essential, and a walk is a great way to do it. Hehehe glad you appreciate them ;)

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  8. The meditation one is so important! I really stressed a lot when going through exams, it was all I could think about! But meditating really helped with that and many other things :D
    Good luck on your exams Olivia!!

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. I'm glad you had meditation there to calm you down! I don't know where I would've been without yoga and deep breathing to still my anxieties as well. Thank you, Carla <3

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  9. Lovely tips! I wish I could follow most of them but I even have problems sticking to my study schedule. However, I do need music while studying. Soundtracks are perfect for me, unless they are too epic, then my mind wanders lol

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    1. Not all of these will be able to work for everyone! I am sure you have some things which work for you that I wouldn't even have considered putting on this list. Ahaha, un-epic soundtracks it is :D

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  10. Good tips Olivia.
    Hope your exams go well and you get into a decent uni. Which ones have you applied for?
    I find studying with friends a great way to help me remember the main points.

    Dinh @Arlene's Book Club

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    1. I applied to universities in England, the University of Warwick and East Anglia being my top two choices :) Studying with friends is so good, especially to cover bases you might be weaker on and they stronger. (If you stay focused, that is!) ^.^

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  11. (I now have a random urge to find a video about how to talk to a giraffe. I'm going to try to resist. But it's totally your fault.) ;)

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    1. Who knows, maybe your giraffe talking skills will turn out to be wonderful after you find one :D

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  12. Good luck with your exams, unless they are over now, then I hope you did well. These are all great tips, especially the ones about exercising!

    -lauren

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    1. They're over now and I think they went okay! Thank you x

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  13. I'm so glad I don't have exams to worry about anymore lol. But yeah, time management is a must! And learning good study methods too. And of course the perspective, trying not to let it stress you out so much that it drives you crazy.

    I have The Rains, looking forward to reading it! Glad to hear it was good, sometimes action-packed is exactly the type of book you need!

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    1. It must be relieving to have those all over, pretty much forever. Time management is one of the most vital things, and once you have it down, I feel like everything else comes easier. Even perspective.

      Ooh, I loved the Rains! I hope you enjoy it too :D

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