There are a few things in this world that can dull the pain that is exam block. While buckling down and studying on its own may be effective for some university students (whoever they may be), for others there are some things that can be done to help you make it through the next month alive.

Step One
Caffeine: in any form really, but nothing beats a good old ‘cup of joe’ (or three). Whether it’s an Aldi pod, Blend 43 or that $5 takeaway Latte, you deserve it to help with a long and restless semester. This is a crucial step, because it’s the only way you’re going to be stay awake to hear the next four.

Step Two
Now that you’re awake, you need to organise yourself. Make sure you’re stocked up on all the essentials: pens, note pads, highlighters, the works! If you’re having trouble sifting for gold through 13 weeks’ worth of lecture notes, try to consolidate the important stuff into one notebook, so you can refer back to this whenever you get stuck.

Step Three
Get a diary! Balancing all your exams and study with work and what’s left of your social life can be hard, so it helps to keep organised. This can be a handy place to not only keep track of what exams are coming up, but also to plan your study sessions and all-important procrastination breaks.

Step Four
One of the most important things to consider when studying is having a balanced diet. Of course, that depends on what defines a balanced diet: in this case: chips, chocolate, greasy food and all the snacks under the sun. Eating healthy is good and all, but there will be plenty of time to eat healthy after the semesters over. So, for now, treat yourself!

Step Five
As important as it is to study, it’s also important to rest. Take a break! Do whatever you need to do: sleep, have a good cry, have a drink with friends. Just make sure to relax. Studying is important but it’s also important to take a break. At the end of the day, all the stress will be over soon, so don’t let your exams get the best of you.

Now go back up to step one and religiously repeat until the semesters over.

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