There are millions of students across the world each year taking their exams, whether these being SATs, GCSEs, A-Levels, or university exams. As each exam holds significance (with some deciding university placements), the stress of sitting them places a huge amount of stress upon students, which in turn can hurt their mental health wellbeing. 

Finding a good manageable balance between one’s academic and personal life is essential, not only does it benefit one’s physical and mental health but can also aid in developing a healthy lifestyle in which stress relief is a key part. For a student, finding this balance can often be a challenge. 

A list of ways to destress: 

  • Listening to music 
  • Watching a movie or favourite episode from a series 
  • Taking a walk  
  • Baking  
  • Gaming  

For some, the challenge of finding the perfect way to unwind can also be alike the challenge of finding the most effective result-yielding revision technique.  Every year, regardless of having a pre-existing set revision method or a tried and tested technique, students still go online in search to find the best method for them in want for a greater performance result. Why is this exactly? Is it the lack of belief in their method, confidence that other popular techniques will work for themselves, procrastination, or curiosity? 

Some revision techniques that may be useful are: 

  • Active Recall 
  • Blurting 
  • Revision flashcards/mind maps 
  • Exam past papers/questions 

One could combine a mixture of these and follow it consistently over the course of many months for effectiveness.  

Overall, it is important to balance revision and keep it in perspective, and not to be over pressurised.