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5 Ideal Ways to Relieve Stress During Revision
  • 08 Jun 2016
  • Medical Revision


Exam periods can be incredibly stressful for students no matter what subject you’re studying. When it comes to studying medicine, there are a lot of exams and assessments and it can be quite difficult to deal with at times. However, you can channel your stress into something positive and productive, and here at Pastest we have some great tips to help you on your way.

Refuel yourself and eat well

Eating foods that release energy slowly can help to keep your energy levels steady while you revise through the day. Foods such as blueberries and broccoli have been known to have properties that can help with cognitive functions. Blueberries have also been shown to be effective in improving and delaying memory loss, while other snacks like seeds and nuts can aid your thinking skills.

Of course, keeping yourself hydrated is incredibly important as this is a great way to help you feel alert. Avoid high caffeine and high sugar food and drink, as this can result in an energy slump and make you feel irritable.

Regular exercise

Not only is exercise good for your physical health, it can help your mental wellbeing too. Exercising can reduce tension and releases those feel-good endorphins. Staying active can boost energy levels and clear your mind; whether you go for a jog, a cycle or even just a walk round the block!

Exercising can also ensure you avoid stress-related aches and pains such as neck or back ache – all too common when cramming over your favourite desk in the library.

Take a break

We can only concentrate for a certain amount of time before we start to become bored or even moody; revising for hours on end isn’t good for anyone. It is important that you take breaks every now and again so that you can refresh and rest. It is very easy to lose focus if you have been sat in the same spot all day.

Remember that taking a break isn’t procrastinating or wasting precious time; it will allow you to come back to your revision with fresh eyes and a more alert mind.

Be prepared

One of the main causes of stress with revision is realising you don’t have enough time to cover everything. Make sure you are starting early enough and even create a plan or timetable of what you need to study. This can help you work more efficiently and reduce any last minute panic.

Being prepared in this way could boost your confidence and help you see that you can easily learn everything in the time that you have.

Use revision aids

There are so many materials available to help your revision even more; online revision and courses are a great way to revise, as well as opting for those classic textbooks. Having online access to mock exams and complete past papers can give you a huge advantage when revising – not only will you be practicing with recent question themes, but your answers will be marked instantly, so you get immediate feedback on what you’re doing well, and what needs more work.

Mobile apps are also increasingly popular. You are able to revise on the go, fit it around your busy schedule and pick up where you left off.

Whatever your exam, our online revision resources, books and mobile app will support your exam prep and help you to maximise your performance.

  • 08 Jun 2016
  • Medical Revision