Friday, 17 May 2013

Preparation, Procrastination and Balance

We are nearing the end of week 12 and with assessments and exams coming up, mySupport has put together a few tips to help you with preparation, procrastination, and balance!


We know that preparation reduces stress, so be strategic and set yourself a few priorities for exam revision and assessment completion:

  • Find out about your exam
    • When is it?
    • How much is it worth?
    • How is it formatted (multiple choice, essays, short question and answer)?
  • Write up a study revision timetable for the next four weeks (see attached template). Start by adding in any upcoming exams and assessments, and follow by adding in any work, revision lectures, and any other important dates. From this you should be able to better allocate study time to any upcoming work.
  • Create a to-do list of all upcoming tasks you need to do before your exams. This may include writing up master summaries of content, sitting practice tests, going over difficult content, or even attending PASS.


For some reason, many time sensitive tasks seem to come out of nowhere as exam revision is commencing! The house desperately needs a spring clean, Facebook has many photos and articles you have never seen before, and those odd jobs that you have put off for 13 weeks are suddenly at the top of your priorities! Procrastinating can take up valuable study and preparation time. If you become distracted whilst studying, you might like to try the following:

  • Arrange to work alongside another student who works well
  • Take short, regular breaks
  • Set a specific time for study and see what you can get done
  • Use your ‘to do’ list – ticking off those little tasks can keep you motivated to continue with the bigger tasks
  • Set a specific amount of time for study and see what you can get done. 

Check out the Counselling service’s tip sheet on procrastination for more information.


Maintaining balance can be difficult during as the stress and workload increase. It is worthwhile trying to keep healthy, positive and supported during this time:

-          Eat healthy foods (why not try out a few brain foods)
-          Drink plenty of water
-          Make sure you are getting enough sleep
-          Keep up your regular exercise

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