Stress manifests in many forms, a few of the most common are: irritability, anxiety, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and tiredness. If you feel stress affecting you, take a step back to assess how best to manage it. It is important to exercise, eat healthily, drink enough water and to take regular study breaks - these things can help to balance out your stress levels. Try to avoid consuming coffee after coffee (or sweet after sweet) for an energy boost, drink more water instead to ensure your mind and body have sustained energy, as opposed to energy highs and lows, and can work at optimum performance.
Everyone is a little different when it comes to studying; some like to work independently and others prefer group studying; some prefer highlighting words and others prefer to make study cards. Whatever way works for you, try to maximise its usefulness. If you are unsure what works, try out different study techniques, and find the best method for you. Previously, you may have only read and read as your form of studying (which is great if it works), however, you could try using highlighters, making maps/tables/graphs or even using study/flash cards. Try to find the best technique for you and if you need help finding the best methods, get in touch with Study Skills
Ensure you have allocated sufficient time to study effectively and efficiently. It's very easy to get seduced by student lifestyle and pushing studies to the last minute, but remember this will only harm your academic progress. Try prioritising time to study and meeting deadlines over partying, socialising and extra-curricular activities. If you do this effectively, you'll find you still have enough time to party! Making a realistic study timetable is a good way to plan for your studies (how much are studying each day? Are you realistically studying on Saturday? Have you factored in work shifts?). If you are planning on studying a lot in one day, take time for breaks - for every hour of core study take a walk, get a drink, and switch off - and try to abstain from social media during these breaks so you don't get hooked into a media marathon!
Ensure that you're in the right place for you to study. Are you studying in the library or the pub? Is the TV on in the background or some music, and is it distracting? Check you only have study-related material in front of you and not social media tabs or chats open, and try creating a dedicated work space. This can be in your room, lounge, kitchen or even in the library. Wherever you decide to set up, ensure there are no distractions and you can work efficiently and effectively!
If you are having trouble studying, RGU has a Study Skills. They are a group of academic staff team working within DELTA. They offer advice on a range of study skills, supporting you in meeting your academic potential, and in becoming a confident, independent learner.
If you are feeling stressed or under pressure, do not be tempted to cheat. Cheating is a form of academic misconduct. If you are feeling worried and desperate about your exams, speak with your personal tutor/course leader or you can contact Study Sills or the Counselling and Well-being centre. Remember, if you are caught cheating, you may face disastrous consequences! Ensure you know what is expected of you by reading RGU's Examination Procedures.