• Darrell Er (Founder of OVERMUGGED)

3 advice to keep you afloat while preparing for 'O' levels

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

Preparing for a national exam is no easy feat. Sleepless nights, endless cycles of revision and practices… We tend to forget that the most important thing is still to take care of ourselves and our mental wellness.

Here are 3 tips to help you stay afloat!

1) Be healthy

Exercise regularly. Sweating it out helps to relieve stress and create endorphins that make you feel less stressed and happier. Exercising ensures that your body feels good and fresh. So do not underestimate the importance of working out even during your exam period. Check out this article to find out more!

Eat healthy. You don't want to fall sick. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetable, avoid excessive snacks and drink plenty of water. Falling sick disrupts your study plans and can really affect you if you have a paper to take on that day. Getting well and taking vitamin C tablets ensures you have a strong immunity and not fall sick easily.

Late night studying might be the game plan for some of our nocturnal friends here but never cut short your sleep hours in an attempt to "clock that extra revision". Never burn the midnight oil the night prior as the brain functions worse without sleep.

Maintaining a regular and healthy sleep cycle is paramount to your body and mind!

2) Be realistic

Set realistic targets. Don't expect to jump from F9 to A1 in a week. You will find yourself discouraged and naturally giving up. Give yourself goals that are attainable.

Celebrate small victories instead. An improvement is a victory. Take small steps and celebrate progress. Don't short change yourself and discount your own efforts.

Setting realistic goals and working towards them is very important. Create a plan and stick to it. If you need to cover a lot of ground and think you do not have much time left, consider joining my crash courses where I will go through the entire syllabus in 3 hours while equipping you with much needed exam techniques!

3) Don't compare

Don't compare with your friends. It is human's nature to compare but what good does it do?

Instead, focus on improving yourself and pay attention to your progress. You don't have to benchmark yourself against your peers and create false expectations which only creates unnecessary stress.

When you do well, benchmark it against yourself, not your peers. Strive to meet your own expectations, not others.

At the end of the day, you just need to do your best and have no regrets!

Here at OVERMUGGED, we dedicate ourselves to make your life easier with quality free chapter notes for all subjects & we also conduct exam oriented crash courses to help you prepare for your national exam!

If you are invested and hope to achieve your dream score for 'O' levels, do read our in-depth guide on '4 steps to help you get closer to your dream score for 'O' levels!'

You can also check our 'chemistry self study guide' & 'physics self study guide' for a more structured approach towards your revision!

I wish you all the best and feel free to use all the free learning resources available on this website to make your learning more effective and productive!

May the bell curve be ever in your favour!

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