Is exam prep having you feeling overwhelmed and unorganised? Sometimes, it’s the little things that can help you feel calmer and more on top of things. Here are 5 amazing exam-time hacks to make your studying and test-writing experience a little less stressful.

Use the 4-7-8 Breath to calm down

Struggling to relax during your exam-time prep or even while you’re writing your test? Try the 4-7-8 breathing exercise - this is how to do it:

• Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound (this doesn’t need to be loud). • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose while mentally counting to four. • Hold your breath for a count of seven. • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. • Repeat this cycle three more times.

Have a comfort pack

There’s nothing more distracting than sitting in your exam session and getting dry, chapped lips or having to sniffle because you can’t blow your nose. That’s why having a comfort pack with all of your essentials is a great thing to carry into your venue. Just make sure that you’re allowed to take in everything you’re planning to take into your exam, and that everything is in a see-through bag if necessary.

Chew gum while you study

Did you know that chewing gum while studying or reading has been proven to improve concentration? Additionally, popping a piece of gum in your mouth when you’re starting to feel tired in a test or exam can give you a short burst of energy, helping you recall your study notes better.

Store your stationary in a zip lock bag

Most schools require you to bring in your stationary in a see-through case; however, if you don’t have a see-through pencil case, you can just use a zip lock bag. Zip lock bags can close well and are sturdy enough to hold your essentials such as your pens, pencils and a calculator.

Make an info card

One of the most stressful parts of exams is searching for your venues and wondering what time your exams actually start. Making yourself an “info card” which you can easily carry around in your blazer pocket will help you avoid any confusion.

This info card should contain the following information:

-The venues for your exams. -Your seat number. -The dates and times for your exams (you can write this in a calendar format).

There are so many ways to make exam time less stressful and go a lot smoother, and these were just 5 of our favourites. Good luck for exams, and be sure to try out these hacks and let us know how they went!

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