Nothing brings out the sun like an exam - and nothing makes the prospect of studying more soul destroying than peering out through library windows at what seems like hordes of carefree and tanned people, lounging in various staes of undress on some sun-dappled lawn.

Exam Season Survival Guide


But never fear, there are countless ways to minimise the horror:


Don’t do any work!


If the pressure of deadlines and exams all gets too much – just don’t do it, make a choice to use your time in more profitable pursuits. Tried any box sets of American TV series lately? All your cares will slip from your mind and until have to justify to your parents/loan company/yourself why you decided at the last possible minute to jack it all in for the sake of binge drinking in the park, you’ll have a lovely couple of weeks.


Shorter nights make all-nighters so much less intimidating.


Left everything to the last minute because you spent the past three months moaning on Facebookabout how much work you have to do? Never fear! The shorter nights mean that all nighters are a very achievable option. There is no greater satisfaction than using the dawn chorus as a refreshing study break and watching the sun rise over extra strength Nescafe while having a nervous breakdown can really perk you up before an exam.


Denial: not just a river in Egypt.


Worried at the sheer volume of work you have to get through? Concerned at the dwindling reserves of Red Bull and Pro-Plus in your cupboards? This solution is ideal – just stop admitting how much work there is to do. This option does take a lot of determined single mindedness as you will have to tune out the white noise of classmates boring you with the details of their revision plans, but once you’ve mastered that, it’s a dream!


The last resort: knuckle down, suck it up and get on with it.


Obviously this is the least attractive option and should only be undertaken as the ultimate last resort. But it has its advantages. Using this method, you’re much less likely to fail your exams. In fact, this method can result in good grades, better sleeping patterns and, there have been unconfirmed reports of an overall ‘Better University Experience’. Those who enjoy this method boast of colour-coded revision plans, a systematic approach to revision and desks that point away from windows.


In short, the only real solution to the menace of ‘Spring Horror’ is to block out images of blue sky and cider and focus on that end goal: the prospect that one day soon, exams will be a thing of the past.

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