As exams approach, it can be hard to keep your cool. This week, I run through my top tips for keeping stress at bay and acing you revision!

1. Get organised

When it comes to exams, there are 3 key stages:

  • Classroom learning
  • Revision
  • Exam time

Stress tends to be at its peak when you are at the juncture between classroom learning and revision. You have nearly finished everything on the syllabus but still have a bit to go. Your teachers are also telling you that you need to start revising soon. In this time, thoughts of everything you have to revise start to creep in and if you are not careful can completely overwhelm you.

This feeling is the absolute worst. It’s like ball of nerves in your stomach that you can’t shake. In my experience, the best way to tackle it is to make yourself a plan. Sit down and write up a schedule of the next few weeks setting out when you are going to start revising. By transferring the thought process of when you need to start revising from your mind to paper, you will instantly feel better.

2. Get into some good habits 

When the time for revision comes, you want to hit the ground running. It’s super important, therefore, to get yourself into habits which are conducive to productive study. I recommend:

  • Getting into a regular sleep cycle. It is crazy how awake you feel when you are getting a solid 8 hours a night.
  • Eat well. Keeping a good blood sugar level means you don’t have sudden dips in energy.
  • Drink plenty of water. You brain needs to be hydrated to study!
  • Keep yourself active. Getting some fresh air every day will do wonders for your brain’s processing power.

3. Learn how you revise best

It is easy during exams to spook yourself by thinking about how your peers are working. Everyone has their own unique revision style. Some people like to stick to one subject for a few days so they can get their teeth into it. Other prefer to dot about from subject to subject to keep their brain fresh. Think about your personal style and stick to it. A lot of revision is having confidence that you are doing the right thing so if something works for you- run with it!

4. Ask for help

You teachers have likely told you they are there to help- but I promise you they mean it! If you have a topic that is stressing you, ask your teacher if they could run through it with you. It’s better to do this now then 1 day before the exam!

It’s also essential that if stress is overwhelming you that you reach out. I personally find it most helpful to speak to someone outside the IB bubble- whether that be a friend at another school, your parents or your grandparents to name a few. Getting an outsider’s perspective of how you are working will help you see how well you are doing.

5. Keep things in perspective

I know this can feel impossible as exams draw closer but it is vital to remember that exams are not everything. Exams test an extremely small part of you as a person. While exams results are important, they will never be able to reflect all your amazing qualities. All you can do is work hard and try your best.


Thank you for reading this week’s blog! I hope you found some of the tips helpful. If you’d like to find out more about the help Lanterna can offer you just click here!