That time of year has arrived when for many people exams seem to be taking over your life! The thought of impending exams can be stressful for anyone; in order to decrease your stress levels, we have created an easy to follow plan to make sure you are fully prepared when you next enter the exam room: Prepare Prepare for each exam. This might sound obvious, but it really is a crucial part of success! Make a list of each exam you have to revise for and write the date next to the class. Everybody has different revision techniques, but once you find the technique that works best for you, stick with it. Whether you highlight important information, write key notes or use flashcards to help you to remember information, the main thing to do, is to be organised, and you’ll significantly decrease your workload. Avoid distractions Technology is the biggest distraction when revising, especially if you use a computer to help you study. Telling yourself not to look at your phone, iPad or laptop for hours on end while you revise is easier said than done. Instead, put away any distractions, and reward yourself hourly for five minutes. Also, it’s a good idea not to study in bed. Find a quiet place in your house, sit in a chair and have a table in front of you. Your brain associates your bed with rest and sleeping, which means you will be less focused and too relaxed to study. Study Now you have prepared your workload, it’s time to start studying. Using your revision techniques, set time aside to revise. Once you have memorised and understood a chapter or page of notes, get a friend or parent to test you. This way, you will identify certain areas that you can answer faster, and other questions where you struggle. Keep doing this until you can answer each question without hesitation. Have a break Studying can be mentally exhausting. If you don’t have a break, you will begin to lose concentration and won’t retain any more information. Every hour, stand up, stretch and regain focus! Rest The most important thing to do is rest. If you have ever turned up to university or work after a late night, you probably felt unable to concentrate and like the day was never-ending. In order to avoid feeling groggy, make sure you’re fully rested before you take your exam. Take the Exam The time has come, it’s exam day! You have prepared, studied and all that’s left is to take the exam. Make sure you have the correct stationary and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Take a deep breath and believe in yourself. Celebrate You have taken your exam, and there’s nothing more you can do now, except celebrate! Give yourself a pat on the back and relax. Studying for exams can be mentally draining and challenging for everybody. If you feel alone, stressed or just need somebody to talk to, call Psychic Light (18+ only – terms apply) for friendly and sympathetic advice. It can be equally draining for parents who are worried for their children – no matter how old.