It's that time of year when students are busy preparing for exams. Obviously, the best way to prepare is gradually throughout the year. But, we all know the reality of cramming before the final exam date and the pressure of last minute nerves.

While a little stress perfectly normal, there’s no need to feel completely overwhelmed with these 5 smart survival tips.

1. A good list

When you have one too many things on your mind making a list to priorities your work load really helps. Writing things down also helps you to let go of the tension associated with it - like downloading your thoughts to free up room. It's also a great feeling when you cross that task off the list.

2. Change your work environment

Changing your physical position or location can have a huge impact on your clarity of mind. Now that the weather is warming up, take your laptop and books outside, find a quite spot in the local library, type up notes as an email rather than a word document.

3. Work with your body clock

We are all different and function best at different times of the day - are you an early bird or a night owl? Figure out when you focus and perform best and ensure you undertake the bulk of your revision during those times. Also, identify what times of day you’re likely to get distracted or tired, and schedule in downtime to give your body the break it needs. If you usually get tired in the early evening, schedule in a Netflix session, or if you’ve got a long workday, schedule in some midday exercise so you’re refreshed in the afternoon.

4. Face to face

There's nothing more refreshing and helpful than talking face to face with another person. If you're buried in your study, it's important that you take time out to go and interact with someone. Have a break from your studies and share your thoughts and ideas with someone. Sometime, just talking things through can help clarify your ideas or make sense of something you were struggling with.

5. Eat well and sleep

Make sure your body has the fuel it needs to perform at its best. A healthy, well-balanced diet and plenty of sleep (not too much though) will help you to survive the exam pressure. Avoid looking at computer screens, drinking caffeine, and mentally demanding tasks an hour or so before you want to sleep - this will help you to unwind and get that important restful night's sleep.

Assessments and exams can be stressful, but it's important that you are kind to yourself and balance study and revision with fun and social activities. Best of luck!

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