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Re: My brain hurts (with exam stress) by Helen on 7 May 2005 9:11pm
I used to eat lots of chocolate...and do air guitar to Aerosmith-- if all gets to be a bit much. Release release release...

take a break every hour. Get up and stretch. Take a walk.
and don't forget to breathe...

you'll do fine.
Re: My brain hurts (with exam stress) by Katie J on 9 May 2005 11:25am
When I revise (and this has helped me throughout my exam life...up until my final law exams last June!) I separate topics with coloured paper and coloured writing (even pictures!).

At the very front of each topic (and I would do this near the end of the revision period) I would write a crib sheet with all the important dates, facts etc.

When you're in the exam you can think back to this coloured crib sheet and almost view it. I don't know if this is how everyone thinks, but I find this helps me to remember information. Some people have visual memories and this technique of visual recall has helped me numerous times in exams when my mind has gone blank.

It will also make you feel more confident just prior to the exam. When you look in your folder you can flick through the crib sheets to remind you of the important details of the topic.

Your teachers can even check the crib sheets to make sure that you have concentrated on the right facts and figures!

I wish you the best of luck!
Re: My brain hurts (with exam stress) by kristinekm on 9 May 2005 11:50pm
A good thing to do when your brain hurts is to take a walk. It helps you to unwind and to work on what you just read.
I have done it many times when I felt like giving the hole thing up and often it struck me how refreshed and ready to work I felt when I came back.

Or if you are the happy owner of "Monty Python sings" or their shows listen and watch and it will work wonders on your relaxation and happiness - it has for me.

Best wishes
Re: My brain hurts (with exam stress) by Wild in Africa on 10 May 2005 2:44pm
In the end there is no shortcut to simply knowing your subject well. I (in the distant mists of time) used to have trouble with exams until I realised the formula to success was conscientious study based on your own study timetable which also gave you well spaced breaks to take a walk, watch TV, go the pub etc. It was last minute rushing and cramming that didn't work and disorganised revision. Make a revision plan and stick to it and you will be OK. I managed to get a BSc, MSc and Diploma using this approach.
Re: My brain hurts (with exam stress) by thatcherberry on 11 May 2005 6:11pm
im doing my history degree so i understand the stress!!
God i sound old. im not, its the history, does tend to crust you up a bit.
Good luck, im sure that you'll do well if you study.

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