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Posted Dec. 2, 2020

How to keep well during LLM exam season

Staying well in examsKeeping well during the exam period is vital to your LLM success.

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Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Wash hands

The first step to staying healthy during exam periods (and generally) is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. This has always been the case, however has been almost a mantra during the current coronavirus pandemic. So make sure you wash your hands before you eat and avoid touching your face, as this is how many illnesses enter the body. You want to behave just how your mother taught you when you were little and, much like a child, just assume that your hands are always dirty.

Eat healthily

Avoid too much sugar and junk food, as you want to fill yourself up with nutritious food so you can concentrate on your work and not on what you get to eat next. And rather than taking supplements – or at least in addition to – try and eat healthily. However, don't avoid treats altogether as they can be a brilliant way to motivate yourself to read through something essential but not particularly interesting. And be sure that you eat regular meals and don't just snack all day.

Exercise regularly

Doing a quick 30-minute workout each morning is a great way to ensure you can focus for the rest of the day. Plus, it also brings you closer to those 150 minutes of exercise we are all supposed to do each week. Spending a little time on something that isn't your studies is a perfect way to calm your mind, refresh your body and improve your mental health. This table shows how often students in the United States take exercise, and as you can see the vast majority do it at least three times per week.

Student exercise


Enjoy downtime

Ideally, you shouldn’t have to study all day. You need to spend time away from your books relaxing. Plan to see friends or do something that you enjoy that has nothing to do with your studies. It can be a great motivator to complete your work if you know you've got something fun to do.

Take screen breaks

It's really important to get away from your computer and look after your eyes by taking regular screen breaks. Set an alarm each hour you are working to stand up and stretch or move around a bit. You also need to look after your back while you are doing all that sitting at your desk and studying.

Discuss your problems

If you are not feeling well or are feeling overwhelmed, then you should speak with your tutors or other academic staff as early as possible. Speak to friends and other people if you are finding that your studies are becoming too much, as feeling overwhelmed is not good for your health. Most importantly keep in contact with your law school, especially if you're having a difficult time with your studies, as they will want you to be successful and happy in all parts of your life.

Break down your revision

To avoid feeling like you have an unmanageable amount of studying to do you should break down your work into chunks. This will make everything a little easier and you can track your progress. Just make sure you leave enough time to do it all.

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