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Sleep Smarter during exam time

We all know that sleeping is one of the most important things you can do for your brain to function better, especially during exam time. 


Here are some Dos and Don’ts to help you get a good night sleep during exams:

  • Get up at the same time each day – this helps your body clock run smoothly.  If you can stick to a fairly regular waking and sleeping time, your body will become accustomed to it.  Avoid the temptation to try to make up for a poor night’s sleep by sleeping in.
  • Get regular exercise each day – there is good evidence that regular exercise improves restful sleep.  Exercise before dinner or in the morning works best
  • Be comfortable and relaxed – it’s hard to sleep when you are cold.  Warm hands and feet are particularly important.  If you have uncomfortable pillows, mattress or bedclothes, consider replacing them.  You will spend the next eight hours in bed and you don’t want to be uncomfortable.  A warm bath about an hour before bedtime may promote sleep.
  • Make the bedroom a restful place – this means keeping the room

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    cool, keeping noise and outside light to a minimum and leaving distracting things such as beeping watches or clocks out of your bedroom.

  • Use your bed only for sleep -Some people use the bedroom as a lounge, by studying, watching tv, and doing tasks like ringing people.  You need to try and avoid this and make sure that bed is associated with sleeping.  The brain makes connections between places (the bedroom) and events (sleeping) and you need to reinforce these.
  • Get as much natural light as you can – natural light is important for the body to produce melatonin which is a sleep-promoting substance.  Sunlight early in the day is particularly helpful in synchronising your body clock.
  • Understand your sleep need – most people need between seven and nine hours sleep each night, but this includes naps and time spent dozing in front of the television.

Health and Fitness during exam time

Make sure you keeping moving while you study.  It’s good for your mind, body and soul, according to Gary, Sports Development Coordinator at UC Sport.

Here’s some tips from the Rec Centre>

Remember, the RecCentre has changed their timetable over exam time.  Make sure you check the timetable before heading to your favourite classes>

Ideas for planning and studying – before exams

Part of the struggle of the exam studying period is being able to organise and plan your time in order to get the most out of your study.

Louise Orcheston-Findlay from the Academic Skill Centre (ASC) teaches revision and exam skills. She has some top tips to get you thinking about how to find out how you study best> 

Here are some top tips from the Academic skill centre on how to study well in a short amount of time:

Review your notes by reading actively – concentrate on what you are reading

Concentrate on learning what you don’t know.  If you give yourself a small test, you will find out your “weak” areas.

Think of questions that may be asked.  Practice on old exam papers.

Try question and answer sessions with others – you may need to limit chat times or competition with other students in these  sessions.

Use Rhymes or mnemonics as memory aids

Put things into your own words.  This helps you to know if you have actually understood the information

Let family and friends know that your increased time spent studying does not mean disregard for them and ask for their cooperation in your timetable.

Know the dates and times of exams you will be sitting.