Why I want you to be a little stressed when you are studying

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Now you are probably thinking that I am some evil Trunchbull style teacher from Matilda from the headline of this blog.  However, to be clear, I am not advocating for our students to be on the edge of burnout.  Neither though, do I want you to be relaxed and carefree in the face of your exam revision.  I am instead arguing that I want you somewhere in the middle, a sweet spot that makes you productive and focused rather than exhausted or depressed.

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This diagram shows the inverted-U Theory, developed by psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson in 1908. Despite the fact that the model was developed long ago, it continues to be relevant. You may also have heard it called the Performance Curve.

So, you can see that along the bottom of the diagram you have pressure or stress. On the vertical axis, you have performance levels. The zone in the middle is the zone of best performance – we need some stress or pressure to get us in the zone, so we get into a state of flow. This is also known as the Eustress zone, a term coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye consisting of the Greek prefix eu meaning “good”, and stress, literally meaning “good stress”. Eustress is what we are aiming for – the zone of positive stress.

However, if we experience too much stress or pressure, we end up in the distress zone, where we are overwhelmed, feeling burnt out, and eventually exhausted. 

Let’s look at the area of boredom or low pressure. How often have you said, ‘I’d just like a stress-free life!’ Well, the reality may not be quite what you were expecting. When we don’t have enough pressure or demands on us, we can feel de-motivated and lack stimulation. Without that exam deadline pressure, very little work would be done.  This is because that deadline can be good for us, it motivates and stimulates us and gives us a sense of purpose. The zone of low pressure can be just as challenging as the zone of distress for some.

So how can we get you into the EuStress zone? Preparation here is key.  Make a study plan for your module, start early and ensure that you complete the whole course content at least two weeks prior to your exam, giving you lots of time to do the revision and arrange a call for support on certain areas.

Need help with your study plan? Then get in touch we would be happy to put one together for you.

 

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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