The ‘Smash your Exams’ Mindset

As we head into CIPS exam weeks are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and like there’s no end in sight? Well, fear not my friends, because I’m here to talk to you about the importance of having a good mindset during exam weeks – and why it’s the key to success.

First off, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: exams are stressful. No matter how well you’ve prepared, there’s always that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you might not do as well as you hoped. But here’s the thing – that feeling is normal. It’s okay to be nervous, or even scared, about exams. In fact, I’d be worried if you weren’t at least a little bit anxious! But it’s important to remember that your mindset can have a huge impact on your performance.

So, what exactly do I mean by having a good mindset? Simply put, it’s about cultivating a positive attitude and a belief in your own abilities. This doesn’t mean being overconfident, or thinking that you don’t need to study – it means trusting that you’ve put in the work and that you’re capable of doing well. It means focusing on what you can control (your own actions and attitude) rather than worrying about things that are out of your hands (like the difficulty of the exam or how your classmates are doing).

Now, I know that might all sound a bit cheesy, but there’s actually some science to back it up. Studies have shown that students who approach exams with a growth mindset – that is, the belief that their abilities can be developed through hard work and perseverance – tend to perform better than those who have a fixed mindset (the belief that their abilities are set in stone and can’t be changed). So, by adopting a growth mindset and focusing on your own abilities, you’re actually giving yourself a better chance of success.

Of course, it’s not always easy to maintain a positive attitude during exam season. So, here are a few tips to help you stay motivated and stress-free:

  1. Take breaks – it might seem counterintuitive, but taking regular breaks (even just five or ten minutes) can actually help you stay focused and productive.
  1. Get some exercise – even just a short walk around the block can help clear your head and reduce stress.
  1. Practice self-care – make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking care of your mental health.
  1. Remember your why – why are you studying? What are your goals and aspirations? Keeping these in mind can help you stay motivated and focused.
  1. And most importantly, remember that exams are not the be-all and end-all. Yes, they’re important, but they’re not the only measure of your intelligence or worth. You are more than your grades, and no exam can define you.

So, there you have it – the importance of having a good mindset during exam weeks. Remember to stay positive, focus on your own abilities, and take care of yourself. And if all else fails, just remember that laughter is the best medicine – so don’t be afraid to crack a joke or two to lighten the mood. If you need some last-minute help then sign up for our CR exam technique revision webinar here.

Good luck – you’ve got this!

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July