Tips on Surviving Summer Term
Exam season is upon us at last and stress is at an all-time high here at Warwick. Because of how stressful and delicate summer term is for students all around the university I thought I’d talk a bit about my favorite exam time tips. These might not work for everyone, and should not be taken as an imperative or a solution to any deep-rooted issues, but they might help center yourselves during a very turbulent and demanding time. First we’ll cover revision: how to tackle it and how to make the most of your Easter holidays. Next, I’ll share some of my personal favorite stress-relieving rituals and we’ll conclude with a good refresher on all the wellbeing support available to students here at Warwick.
I’ll start by saying that revision techniques are so personal to each and every student that trying to tell anyone how to study is a hopeless effort. I know friends who find it more productive to push all-nighters than having a consistent routine, and as long as you find a balanced and healthy study cycle you’ll be fine.
First tip on revision is to start early: you never know when your exams are going to be, and even if you think you know, trust me you don’t. Sometimes exam timetable mishaps happen and you might end up with a lot less time to revise than you envisioned.
Second tip: get to know your mind and the way it retains knowledge. After your high school exams I hope you’ll already have a pretty good ideas of the best revision methods for the type of learner you are, but if you’re still unsure don’t panic. There are 7 essential kinds of learners as defined by https://www.learning-styles-online.com/, and to each correspond the best study method. Use your first year exam to explore your learning style and start revising efficiently!
· – Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding
· – Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music
· – Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing
· – Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch
· – Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems
· – Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people
· – Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study
Third Tip: When you’re making module choices keep in mind their method of assessment. Beware that deadlines pile up real fast real soon if you’re not careful. Just keep this in mind all approximate dates of submissions for major assignments so that you can plan around them.
Fourth Tip: If you’re going away for the Easter break with no intention on returning to Warwick before the start date 5 weeks later, remember to collect all the study materials you’ll need to revise during the holidays. This includes print books that might not be available online. Check out from the Library all the material you need during the first days of the last week of term 2, this way you’ll be sure no one else has checked them out before you!
Personal self-care tips
I’m kind of reluctant to call the following tips self-care because looking after yourself is a process and has a very definite learning curve. Furthermore, these tips are strictly personal: they are what makes me feel human again after days of relentless revision. Again, these are by no means as exhaustive list, and have no guarantee to work, but I wanted to share them anyways.
Tip 1 : I love listening to podcasts, especially on the bus ride home from campus. They relax and distract me from whatever I went through the day, and depending on my mood I’ll listen to history podcasts or more random content. During exams I love to listen to people just chatting away on the most disparate topics, and the more superficial the better. It’s a needed reminder that topics of discussion apart from indifference curves and Hobbes still exist!
Tip 2: This tip heavily relies on the notoriously unreliable British weather, so it’s one of the hardest to complete. I find walks in the nature surrounding campus very de-stressing, especially when they involve sightings of woodland creatures such as bunnies and squirrels and the occasional fox. I’m aware that not everyone has an exam time-table that allows them to go far walks, (I know I don’t have the privilege this year with my new exam schedule), but for those of you who do, Warwick has such pretty nature surrounding it, I highly recommend you take 30 minutes to go explore it.
Tip 3: Have a semi-strict study routine and stick to it. I wake up at 7am, go on campus and work until 6pm with an hour for lunch. It’s a routine I try to stick to because over-working will just lead to burn out from my part. I highly recommend finding a routine that balances revision, sleep and human activities and sticking to it
Warwick Wellbeing Support Services
Finally, the last topic of our discussion today will be a quick reminder of the services offered on campus. These range from wellbeing activities such as workshops on focused topics such as “Managing stress and anxiety”, “Sleep”, Work life balance” and many more. If you would like some tips on such issues in an informal and social setting consider signing up for one! The wellbeing services also offer support for mental health: you can sign up with a one-on-one appointment with the Mental Health Team if you’d like to talk to someone specialized, just follow the instructions on this page: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/mentalhealth/appointments/. Warwick recognizes that exam time can have very deleterious effects on students: stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and pressure can lead to a worsening mental health, and you must be the first to take care of your general health. Please seek assistance if you’re worried for yourself or someone close.