Long coffee-fuelled nights of revision are fast approaching, and that could only mean one thing… exam season. Whether you’re a caffeine warrior or a zombie – if you have exams looming you can probably relate to the struggle of deadlines, 500 past papers to complete and the realisation that the most significant exams of your life so far are less than 2 months away.
For me, with a cloudy head as a result of such a hectic schedule I feel furthest away from God. Sometimes we can let our anxieties get in the way of our relationship with God and get lost in the world we will never be able to please. I can remember a conversation I had with a friend of mine before an exam last year, venting all the worries and fears I had about my upcoming exams- overwhelmed and bewildered. She reminded me of these few things that helped her stay on track whilst she completed her a levels and were super helpful for me whilst taking my exams so I thought I’d share.
- Make time for God! With such a tight timetable from the break of dawn till late at night, it’s hard to find time to do anything for yourself. Waking up 10 minutes earlier to pray, or to listen to a worship playlist whilst you drink your tea during a well earned break will help you remember what’s truly important.
- Remember God has got this. Before turning over the first page of your exam, or whilst revising, pray. Short 5 second prayers, asking God to help me got me through my summer exams last year. God has a plan, and we need to believe this. Proverbs 16:3 says: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans”.
- Look after you! Yes, securing your grades are important, but not life-threatening. Work hard and give it your best shot- but don’t forget about yourself. Make sure to look after yourself, drink enough water, eat enough nutritious, energy-filled meals and spend time with family and friends.
- Take a break Escape the revision cave, it’ll benefit you more than you’ll appreciate at the time. Getting some fresh air, perhaps a walk with the dog , watching an episode your favourite TV show or a quick coffee catch-up with a pal will help you remember what you’ve been studying, help with concentration as well as help you cope.
- Remember you aren’t alone! A phone call or a text message can sometimes be all you need to escape a slump. Your friends are going through this time too, and they need you as much as you need them! I had an amazing conversation with one of my friends who also was sitting the same exam the following day, we were stressed but managed to give each other the much needed encouragement.
You can do this, and try not to worry!
Matthew 6:33-34: Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.