By Maria Konstantinou, Law LLB Student
exams’ period, the nightmare of every student.’
was younger, I remember how much I was struggling to survive high school’s
exams. Nevertheless, surviving my exams at UCLan Cyprus, becomes easier because
of adapting some strategies for better exam performance.
Before I start
analysing them on this blog, as a Law student I cannot pass over the
significance of UCLan Cyprus Moot Court for my success. It is the first University on the island with its own Moot Court and there is no doubt that it has played an important role to my exams and
studying. I sure gained practical knowledge which assist in deeper
understanding of the theoretical learning.
you can find six advices for surviving university’s exams:
- Drink a lot of water
the importance of water to your exams’ success. Since our brain is composed of
about 73% water, drinking enough water helps you staying focused, concentrated
and alerted. Apart from that, staying hydrated boosts your energy level, make thought
processes quicker and relieves anxiety during tests.
Tip: Always have a glass or bottle of
water next to you while studying as well as during an exam!
exam period, I often get too exhausted after long hours of study.
So, a smart
snack can enhance study time, boost brain health and concentrate you for
longer. Some of my favourite snacks and foods that assist in surviving exams
Dark chocolate – A healthy as well as a delicious snack which is
famous for its beneficial attributes, such us enhancing the brain power and increasing
Salmon – Prevents depression during exam period and it contains Omega – 3 which
improves brain function, mood and memory.
Avocado – There is no doubt that it
contains abundant nutrients that helps in having a sharper memory and boost
brain health. At the same time, there are many easy ways to eat avocado. For
example, you can add it in salads, spread it on toasts or you can eat a plain
avocado as your afternoon fruit.
Peanut butter – It does not
only taste good but it’s also healthy. It is a great idea to add it in your
breakfast as it contains nutrients that give you lots of energy an essential
thing to start your day right.
Nuts – They are not only nutritious and
healthy but also loaded and rich in minerals and therefore help enhance your
Tip: Choose nutrient-dense food
that will satisfy you and fuel you without decreasing your energy or making you
We often tend to lose focus while
studying for long hours without breaks and we forget that exhaustion causes
anxiety, depression, insomnia and many more.
Taking care of both your body and
mind is important, especially when you feel overwhelmed. Regular short breaks
help you improve your concentration, focus, reduce stress, and refresh study
performance. There are many things to do during your study breaks that will aid
you in your exam preparation and help you get revitalised. For instance, put on
your favourite song, take a walk outside and enjoy nature, or have a chat with
Tip: choose the right type of activity
during your study breaks since a bad activity can divert your focus and lead to
It is supported that the best
‘food’ for the brain is sleep. At the end of a tiring and exhausting day,
qualitative sleep will help you stay focus retain, and recall information
better the next day. In my personal case, I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every
night during the exam period, regardless whether I have an exam the next day or
not. It is important not to use electronic devices before bed time for at least
Tip: Rather than staying up late to
study it is better to sleep earlier and wake up early, especially the night
before the exam.
- Time Management and Planning
I am not a last-minute person. So, I find it easier to manage my time and cover
the entire modules’ content. Firstly, I break down each subject into smaller,
then I prioritise my tasks, depending on which subject needs more time and
attention. After that, I create a study schedule which includes every detail
about my exams’ study such as notes, subjects, required time of study, etc.
is the key. So the earlier you start studying for an exam, the more time you
will have to revise your notes
Come on, a holidays’ countdown keeps you excited
and motivated to do your best for your exams. Knowing that after finishing my exams
I will enjoy my first bath at the beach encourages me to continue study. What I do is to highlight with a different
colour every exam day that finishes, along with the remaining days until
summer. The best satisfaction is the last day of exams while I define my mood
as the absolute happiness, and I welcome summer with the brightest smile!
Tip: Do not overthink summer during exams period since it can lead to a distracted mind!