Top tips to help you study this exam season
Exam season is here, and whilst many of you may be procrastinating to the absolute best of your ability – we figured there are better ways to be prepared. Whether you’re heading into your GCSE’s, A Levels or even finals at University, study tips and tricks will help you along the way. Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be boring (whilst the thought of revising is probably making you want to cry) but before you know it, it will all be over and you’ll be heading out on road trips galore this summer! But for now – knuckle down, prepare yourself and get these exams done. Here are our top tips to help you smash them!
Time goes by…
It may be helpful to pull together a calendar of all the exams you have coming up and plan your revision accordingly. Physically seeing your exam slots in front of you may sound and look petrifying, but knowing what to revise and when is key to passing with flying colours!
You can’t work well if you’re cramped up, with textbooks pilling on top of each other and you balancing your coffee on your head because there’s no room to put it down. Make sure you give yourself enough space to spread everything out that you need, so you’re not tripping over it (or yourself). If you don’t have space at home, or you know your younger siblings won’t leave you alone for 5 minutes to get your head down – pop out to your local library for plenty of space, and quiet!
“Facebook helps me study”
No… it doesn’t. It’s easy to say you’ll just pop on your phone for 5 minutes before carrying on with your study session, but we both know it’s a downward spiral to staring at the screen for 4 hours laughing at videos of dogs online. Now we’re not saying you can’t go on your phone at all – that would be crazy! Just try and pop it away whilst you’re studying, and catch up on your social life when you’re taking a proper break.
Practice makes perfect
… Right? In this case – it really does! Get your hands on old test papers if you can, and practice the exams until you’re sick of them! You’ll have an all-around better understanding of the exam topic, as well as the format that it may be in!
You can read, highlight and use post-it notes all you want all over your textbooks but sometimes – it just doesn’t sink it! A way around it? Explain your answers out loud to your family and friends. It will help you to get it clearer in your head and it can help you recognise any mistakes you’re making.
Did someone say study session? But the clue is in the name… you will need to actually study! Your friends can help you, you can help them because you’ll all probably have different strengths and weaknesses, share your knowledge around. Study groups can be a lifesaver around exam time. Just remember to stick to the books, and not get distracted!
Break it up
The information you need to get through your exams simply won’t sink in, if you try to cram in all your revision the night before. You need to plan out your studying, and put in plenty of breaks! If you know you work better in the mornings, get up and get at it! If you’re a night owl, prepare to revise earlier in the day. You’ll know what time works best for you – so try and stick to it.
You are what you eat
Not literally – but if you want to keep a healthy mind in exam time – naughty treats and bad food probably isn’t the best way to go. Make sure you have proper meals, with extra nutrients as well as drinking plenty of water. This is for the build-up to and on exam days!
Plan of action
On the days of your exams, make sure you’re up and ready with plenty of time to spare. The last thing you want is to be rushing around beforehand. Have a good meal before, keep calm, and drink lots of water. Check you have all the equipment you need for the test, keep calm and go for it!
We hope these tips come in helpful during this stressful time, and we can’t wait to hear how you all get on. Remember, a few months of hard work and before you know it, you'll be experiencing the summer of a lifetime. Did someone say ROAD TRIP?!
Good luck to everyone taking their exams this month and next - you got this!