Top Stress-busters to Ace Your Deadlines!

If you’re a young person in education, you will most likely be familiar with the feeling of overwhelming dread when it comes to preparing for an exam or an upcoming deadline.

But with these simple tips, you can take control of your workload and leave the days of stress and panic behind! Throughout stress awareness month we’ll share some resources and advice.

One very important way to avoid getting in a tangle with your work is to be as prepared as possible. Just like the Scout’s honour, being prepared is a saviour for your future self when it comes to sitting down and revising or completing an assignment. An easy way to do this is to create a schedule that works for you. When I was in education, I found that trying to allocate specific times to do my work was quite difficult as my weeks would often change. So instead, I would set a specific number of hours per week that I needed to focus on my studies. Or, if you know the task that needs to be completed, set yourself the goal of finishing it! For example;

  • English Revision: 4 Hours
  • Maths Revision: 3 Hours
  • Science Revision: Until I have completed 4 mock exams

Then comes the fun part, deciding what you want to do in the free time that you have. Making time for yourself outside of studying is just as important. Knowing how much time you have to do other things that you enjoy, stops you from feeling guilty or worried and allows you to fully relax – No more stress-watching TV shows!

Now that you have your schedule, another great way to avoid procrastination is to decide on exactly how you are going to complete your work. Being as specific as possible means that you can optimise your study time and get the most out of your revision. Firstly, choose where you are going to complete your studies and make that space work for you. Keep it as organised as possible, and before you start, make sure you have everything that you need! Having a clean space always helps me to be more productive. Then choose a strategy that you find most helpful. Studying for shorter periods of time and having small breaks can help to keep you focused for longer!

It’s important to also try out lots of different methods of studying. Not everyone learns in the same way; what works for your friends might not work for you and that’s okay! A great place to start is to identify exactly what type of learner you are; visual, auditory or physical. You might find a new way of learning that really helps you and make studying a lot easier.

Take this quick quiz to find out how you learn and find different study methods to try!

So, there are just a few ways to make sure that you ace your deadlines and become the boss of your own work. And don’t forget that here at NERAP, we will always support you in any way that we can.

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We wish you the best of luck in all you do!

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