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How to stay motivated during exam period

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We recognise that staying motivated during exam season can be quite a challenge. Amidst the pages of revision notes and the seemingly endless past papers, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. That's why we've put together this guide to help you maintain your motivation during these high-stakes periods.

1. Set Clear, Achievable Goals

Setting clear and achievable goals is a powerful way to stay motivated. These could be as simple as finishing a chapter or practising a set number of past papers each day. When you achieve these smaller goals, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment that fuels your motivation.

2. Create a Study Schedule

Having a well-structured study schedule can prevent feelings of being overwhelmed and can keep you motivated. Ensure your plan includes breaks, a variety of subjects, and some fun activities to look forward to.

3. Use Positive Affirmations

Remind yourself daily of your ability to succeed. Positive affirmations can be powerful motivators. Something as simple as "I can handle whatever comes my way," or "I am capable of acing these exams," can give you the motivational boost you need.

4. Break Up Your Study Sessions

Marathon study sessions can lead to burnout and sap your motivation. Instead, break up your study time into manageable chunks. Using techniques like the Pomodoro Technique can make your study sessions more effective and less daunting.

5. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep are not just good for your health; they can also boost your mood and energy levels, making it easier to stay motivated.

6. Stay Positive

Maintain a positive attitude towards your studies and the exams. Remember, exams are not a measure of your worth but an opportunity to show what you've learned.

7. Celebrate Your Achievements

Take time to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Finished a tough chapter? Reward yourself with a short break, a snack, or a quick chat with a friend.

8. Connect with Your 'Why'

Remember why you're studying in the first place. Whether it's to pursue a dream career or to gain knowledge, keeping your end goal in sight can help keep you motivated.