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Upcoming exams can be stressful; a guide to balancing study and your mental health

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

We all know that upcoming exams can place a lot of pressure on students, whether they are sitting law exams for the first time or not. The pressure of exams comes with an increased workload of revision questions and lectures, on top of the stress of catching up on content from earlier in the semester. It’s common to feel overwhelmed with exams ahead, however, the importance of our mental health and physical wellbeing cannot be compromised.

In coping with the heavy workload of exams, ARS hopes these tips will be useful in managing your mental health at this time:

1. Get Organised

Getting organised ahead of exam season can help break-down large tasks into workable chunks and prevent burnout. Plan a topic or sub-topic to revise each night, rather than cramming months of content into a few days prior. Sticking to a schedule can enable you to maximise your study hours and allocate breaks to look after your physical and mental health. Your schedule should revolve around what works for you and may even include a full day or two of rest!

2. Deal with stress early on

Finding out your study habits early on can help decrease stress by familiarising yourself with a study routine. It’s all about what works for you, where you prefer to study, and what time of the day you are most productive.

3. Prioritise sleep

Prioritising sleep is important in exam season to maintain energy and take time to relax. A study from the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) found that young adults should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Getting a good night’s sleep can help with refocusing your attention for the next day. To build a good sleeping pattern, you might consider going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time in the morning!

ARS hopes that these 3 golden tips can aid your preparation for exams and inspire you to develop a workable plan for your studies in this upcoming exam season!

Written by Monica Turcinov

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