1. Music makes everything better
Whether you can work with music in the background or not, try having some chill instrumental music on. It can help your work flow and even help with remembering things. It has been said that the music you have on when revising, if played again later on, you will remember what you were revising at that time! Why not give it a try?
2. Food is the key to every heart
The right foods can help you concentrate and feel good at the same time! Too much junk food (chocolate, chips, and burgers) can make you feel moody and less likely to be productive. Fruit, vegetables and nuts are all beneficial for your body and also help tackle stress, try adding them into your diet a little more!
3. Sleep is your best friend
Try to get between 7-8 hours’ sleep every night. This is the amount every teenager+ should have every night and it’ll help you to feel refreshed and ready to work in the morning. However, too much sleep can have a negative effect. If you sleep past 8 hours your body will feel even more tired and lazy throughout the day. Stick to the recommended amount!
4. Procrastinate early
We all do it. Try waking up earlier than normal and spend an hour or so in the morning watching programmes and eating (procrastinating). Then you’ll have the rest of the day to be productive! It’s much better than waking up in the middle of the day and wasting all that time!
5. Exercise can actually help
Now, I’m not saying go out and have the most intense gym session of your life, but it can help get rid of some stress! If have a gym membership, start going when you feel stressed, even if it’s for a few minutes. If you don’t have a membership, try going for a walk around your neighbourhood, or take a few minutes at home to meditate. This will help clear your mind and stop stress.
6. Think of the positives
When we get into bed at night, every single one of us is guilty of going through what we have done during the day and mentally listing everything we did not complete or do well. This builds on stress and isn’t great for a good night’s sleep! Try replacing that list with things that you have done well or accomplished during the day; even if all you can say is you got out of bed, it’s a positive!
7. Be organised & tidy
If your environment around you is messy and unorganised, how do you plan to be the opposite? A clear mind and room can help you feel more relaxed and at ease, resulting in having the right mind-set to study. Furthermore, if you organise yourself and your to-do list in your mind, this can also help you plan your day and know exactly what needs to be done.
8. Ask for help
A lot of us think that others won’t understand what we’re studying so they’re of no help. Wrong. Get your parents/ sibling/ friends to ask you questions about a topic or read through your essays. If they don’t know about the subject, you’ll be able to teach them and reflect on everything you have learnt. This is a very effective way of not only memorising content but also discovering how much you actually know!
9. Let it all out
Keeping feelings and emotions bottled up can be really dangerous. Stress does very harmful things to your body which you won’t even notice and once you bottle it up it can lead to things like depression. It’s really important to keep talking to someone about how you’re feeling and why you’re stressed. Whether it be a relative or a friend; you’ll feel a lot better for letting it all out!
10. Relax & focus
We know how stressful A-Levels can be, we’ve all been through it, but think of your future goal. Take a few deep breaths and believe in yourself! No matter what the outcome is, it isn’t the end of the world; as long as you work hard and focus on your studies there’s nothing stopping you from getting those grades!