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Upcoming Exams: How To Prevent Burnout And Schedule Your Day Better

Cicely McFarlane March 12, 2022

Regular Breaks and Scheduling:

This is a time when you may feel you need to cram as much work into a day, as you lead-up to your exams

Relax. There are 24 hours in a day and if you try to work through all of them you, will burn out and end up damaging your mental stability as your stress levels will increase.

Making sure you allow yourself at least two 10 minute breaks per hour, to get a cup of tea, play with your dog, or stretch your legs outside, will keep your brain switched on, and your stress levels balanced.

Sticking to a set lunch time and end to your day, where even if you have not been as productive as you would have liked; ensure to close your books and give yourself time off.

Lunch is very much needed, but an end time to stop working, can allow for your mind to clock out. Go and enjoy some time to relax with friends and family.

Remembering the social side of your life can allow for you to remain level-headed and keep in perspective that exams or deadlines are important of course, but are not the be-all and end-all of life. 


This is a really good way to have short bursts of revision, whilst also feeling a sense of achievement. This also allows for an efficient way to see what you know, and what you need to work on.

Doing these cards as you wake up, before lunch, and before the end of your day can help productivity tremendously.


Of course, as everyone will know, exercise can help to release endorphins which can boost your mood and reduce your stress.

Going for a walk, a run, a hit home work out in the garden, or just a quick 15-minute cycle a day, can help to clear your head and help your mental health.

This in turn will help your productivity. We have all encountered times where stress has become too much and lack of motivation hits. But trying to stick to a time of the day which is dedicated to getting out of the house, can help more than you can know.

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Cicely McFarlane is a 23-year-old Graduate from Cardiff University. She has an undergraduate degree in History, and has just completed her master’s in Journalism, Media, and Communications. Whilst studying, she contributed to the Student Newspaper, as well as the student magazine named Quench. This fuelled her passion for writing further and enjoys reviews on the latest trends and TV shows, as well as commenting on important issues that occur today. She is a content writer for Freshered Magazine for over a year where she specifically tailors and creates articles for the Freshered audience. She is excited to grow as a journalist as she continues to expand her topics and horizons.