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Exam Ready: Cardiff Uni’s Guide to Post-Holiday Study Success

8 January 2024
Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash
Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash

Welcome back, Cardiff Uni students! As we shake off the festive cheer and step into the new term, facing the challenge of transitioning from holiday relaxation to intensive study is crucial. With our exams scheduled from January 15 to 26, this shift can often feel abrupt, leaving many of us feeling a bit out of step with our academic rhythm. It’s a common post-holiday challenge, but here’s the good news: getting our study groove back is not just about returning to the grind, it’s about strategically elevating our performance for the upcoming exams. This blog aims to guide you on how to effectively readjust your study mindset after the holiday season!

  1. Rebooting Study Habits:

Alright, it’s time to reboot those study habits as we dive back into academia. Think of it like reviving a hibernating bear – a bit tricky but totally doable. Begin by setting specific study times, and yes, this means resisting the siren call of just one more episode of that binge-worthy series. Create a space where distractions fear to tread – we’re talking a no-go zone for anything not study-related. And remember, consistency is key. Whether it’s revising lecture notes or tackling problem sets, make it a daily ritual. Like brushing your teeth, but with textbooks. Get into the groove, one study session at a time, and soon you’ll be back on the academic track!

  1. Setting Goals and Plans:

Goal Setting: It’s not just for superheroes and New Year’s resolutions! It’s time to break down those towering academic tasks into bite-sized, achievable goals. Start small – ‘understand chapter 3 of macroeconomics’ sounds way more doable than ‘become the next economic guru by Tuesday’. Then, chart out a study plan that’s as detailed as your favorite coffee order. Be realistic with your time and remember to include breaks – your brain needs them as much as you crave that caffeine fix. Allocate time slots for different subjects and stick to them like they’re the latest trend. This isn’t just planning; it’s strategically mapping your route to academic stardom!

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  1. Keeping the Motivation Motor Running:

Maintaining motivation can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack – tricky, but not impossible. To keep your spirits high, set up a reward system. Finished a chapter? Time for a snack or a quick episode of your favorite show. Small victories deserve celebrations! It’s also crucial to stay positive. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way here – regular exercise, balanced meals, and yes, enough sleep (all-nighters are so last season). This isn’t just about studying; it’s about creating a lifestyle that supports your academic journey. Regular exercise can be as simple as a brisk walk, a quick run, or a yoga session – anything to keep the blood flowing and the mind sharp. Keep your motivation engine running smoothly, and you’ll cruise through the study sessions.

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  1. Exam Prep Strategies:

Exam prep is more than just hitting the books; it’s an art form. First, revisit your notes and past papers like they’re old friends you’ve not seen since pre-Covid times. Consider forming a study group – sharing misery and insights can make the whole process more bearable. And let’s not forget the elephant in the room – exam anxiety. Manage this pesky intruder with relaxation techniques, be it meditation, yoga, or simply some deep breathing exercises. Time management is your secret weapon here. Plan your study sessions like you’re planning a trip around the world – with excitement and meticulous attention to detail. Break down your study time into manageable chunks, tackle one topic at a time, and watch as you become a master of exam prep!