Exam time basically means the stressful time for many students especially for those, who are living alone, away from loved once and in a new environment. International students usually go through post-exam stress a lot and many factors can be the cause like living alone in Australia, looking after for the accommodation and other things, part-time jobs, expenses, etc. These few factors play a strong role in an international student’s life. However, sometimes pressure and workload become the reason for stress or anxiety in international student’s life as well. Although everyone experiences a little self-doubt when they are put under pressure but constantly worrying, or the constant fear of losing is unhealthy for student’s health.
For students, balancing a study with having a life abroad can be tricky and tiring, excessive stress can damage the ability to achieve and be creative. Moreover, this results in less productivity that directly affects your grades. And these are the reason, even after trying and working-hard many students cannot just achieve better. Understanding how hard international student’s life can get in Australia especially during exams, Edvise hub decided to share some pro tips to help and guide all those students, going through exams or study stress.
Read on to know more about the amazing tips that can help you be more active and productive.
As someone said, “planning is the key to good revision” no other way but planning your day or routine during exams or before the exams can help you save a lot of time first, and second it will give you enough room after the whole day to revise your work. Well! We do sometimes struggle to get off Netflix and motivate ourselves to study. And to do that best thing is to plan the day including your subjects and topics. Allocate time slots for each course, subject and try to stick to it. It will also, give you time to relax and catch up on sleep as well.
Now students usually leave all the preparation to the last minute. Which actually causes them stress. If you just make a list and start off your study block and plan out what you want to achieve every day, you will be much calmer during exam days.
Be nice to yourself:
Now when you leave everything to last minutes, you start to panic because of less time and a lot to do. Try preparing for your exams from the start and then try to self-discipline your study plan. Do not forget you are human; avoid putting pressure on yourself it will only lead to stress and depression which blocks the ability to work efficiently. Do not stay awake all night to study because the human body needs rest to work better and giving the rest it needs, will help you to be more active.
Most of the time when you are stuck with some topic or work and can’t find the way out, it is better to take a little break or quick nap. It helps to relax the mind because our brains do not work well when we are tired. It’s suggested to take 10 mins to break after every 1 hour. It relaxes your body and mind and boosts your energy to work better. Power napping is proven to increase productivity, so, give it a try!
We usually do not care about what we eat but experts say your eating habits can strongly affect your life, productivity, and efficiency. So during exams, it’s very important to eat healthy that gives you more energy to get you going through that exam stress. It’s suggested to eat something with Omega 3 to get your brain works better and avoid any sugary foods it might give you an energy boost at a time but you might end up crashing during revision time.
Don’t overdo Caffeine, stay Hydrated:
Where a moderate amount of caffeine can help you stay focus and on work for time being, too much of it can leave you feeling anxious, jittery or sometimes lead to serious health issues. As per Mayo Clinic’s recommendation, a person should intake less than 400mg of caffeine per day, which means roughly 3 cups of coffee and two energy drinks are more than enough for the human body.
The brain needs to be well hydrated to work at its best, so instead of sticking up to sugary drink it’s healthier to have fresh juices or plenty of water. Keep a bottle on your study desk so you do not have to be distracted while getting a glass of water.
Ask for help or find a study buddy:
If you are struggling with some topics or subjects, it’s never too late to ask for help. Learn to recognize when you need help and do not afraid to ask, in universities teachers usually have extra hours for students who are having any sort of trouble with any course or topic.
Also, if studying alone is too stressing, get a study buddy. Try to find any class matte or group of people studying the same course or topic so you can share your ideas and learn from a different perspective. It will help you cover things you are struggling with for your exam preparation.
A few tips for international students to prepare for the exams without stressing about it, we hope this can help you go through your exams with fleek. If you want to know more about, Australia please check our other blogs at Edvise hub’s blog section.