How to stay motivated when your exams are nearly over

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Keeping your focus when the finish line is in sight

You're getting near the finish line. Most exams are behind you and there's just one or two to go. 

The problem is that the last exams are just as important as the first. One bad paper could still make a big difference to your chances.

So near yet so far. You've got to keep going.

But that's getting harder with thoughts of a summer with no revision and more friends finishing and in celebratory mood each day.

So how do you keep the revision momentum when the scent of freedom grows ever stronger in your nostrils?


You can make it!

Avoid premature celebrations 

The relieved looks and occasional whoops after an exam are a pretty clear indication that for some students the exam season is over. But not quite yet for you. 

There will be time for celebration and relaxation but you need to get the job done first.

It’s a tricky situation because your friends will all finish exams at different times. Some will be in the mood for big late-night celebrations while others will need to keep pressing on with revision for a few more days (your time for celebration will come, honestly). 

Maybe say a polite no to some of the celebrations (your time will come) and think about keeping a bit of a distance from friends whose exams are already over until yours are too? True friends will understand.

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Keep going with the study habits that work 

You've done a lot of revision. You already have a pretty good idea of what techniques work for you. Now probably isn't the time to change. Whatever combination of notes, cards, mind maps, tests and past papers works for you, stick with it. 

Stay motivated by thinking about what the revision is all about – a uni course, a job, personal pride? 

How great will you feel when you get the results and see you’ve done well?

Have a Plan

For the last exams you may find yourself with a bit more time and a bit less to do. Or you may have concentrated on earlier exams and actually be in a bit of a panic about the last couple.

Either way think about how you want to divide up your time. You may have a plan but if you don’t it shouldn’t take long to jot down a timetable for the last few days of revision. What are you going to revise and when? Plan some breaks but keep your foot firmly on the gas.

Keeping going is tough but YOU CAN DO IT. Good luck! 

How do you keep your motivation levels up? Have you got a holiday or treat planned for after exams, or is the thought of getting those grades all you need? Join the discussion below.

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