Being surrounded by work books, piles of notes and walls littered with sticky notes only means one thing, the exam season is almost upon us again. Whether you're taking mock exams or the real thing it can still be a daunting experience, with weeks or days in advance spent cramming for the tests. Preparation is the key to success and opens doors to everything else that will help make the process a lot more easier for you. Revision doesn't have to be mundane or scary, and these top 10 study tips will help you break down your revision into chunks that are both achievable, and realistic!
#1. Start Early
Don't be one of those people that leaves it to the last minute, this is one of the worst things that you can do to your mind and body. Whilst some do work better under pressure - giving yourself plenty of time to revise is the best way to prepare yourself mentally. Once you know how many exams you have coming up it's best to draw up a timetable for your studying to ensure you set aside enough time for each subject, and in plenty of advance. Starting early will make you feel much more comfortable in the run up the exam.
#2. Organise Your Study Space
A messy desk equals a messy mind, and it will distract you from your key train of thought more than anything. Start with your desk space and minimise any rubbish you have, move any games or other distractions out of eye view and ensure that you have enough light to work with. It's also helpful to make sure you have a comfortable chair to sit on!
#3. Gather The Essentials
Once you've got your revision schedule and study space organised, it's time to gather all of the essentials to help make revision that bit more bearable. You can even make it a bit fun with a choice of novelty supplies, such as lipstick shaped highlighters, soldier erasers and apple scented highlighters! You have to get some enjoyment out of revision after all!
#4. Practice Old Exams
One of the most effective ways to prepare for your exams is working from old exams. Schools will usually hand these out for the given subject but they can also be found online too. They're a great way to test your knowledge out, and to see where your strong and weak areas are within the subject. It also lets you pace yourself with the time given to see how you would cope in a real exam.
#5. Make Lots Of Notes
Despite the ever advancement of digital technology, you can't beat putting pen to paper, it's one of the best ways to visualise and remember information. Making lots of notes in classes and whilst you're revising is key to consolidating the information. You can then highlight key areas/quotes/topics that are the most important areas to look at.
#6. Get Enough Rest
Whilst revision is incredibly important to exam success, no one expects you to sit there studying for hours on end as it's unrealistic and actually ends up being counter-productive. Breaking your revision up into chunks and having regular breaks is a good routine to get into. You may also find that you do better revising in the morning or evening, so do whatever works best for you. It's also recommended to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, this will make you feel fresher in the morning and will help you to retain more information in the long run.
#7. Drink Plenty Of Water & Eat Well
Keeping well hydrated is essential to helping your brain work at its best, it will also make you feel fresher and healthier in general. Make sure you complement this with lots of brain food to help you really perform at your best. Try to keep away from junk food as this will make you sluggish. Try to snack on nuts, fish, yoghurt and fruit for slow release energy. Even though your body may be craving it, try to steer clear from sugar as while the hit might make you feel better to start with you will feel a slump later in the day.
#8. Reward Yourself
Revision doesn't have to feel like a prison sentence. You should try to integrate a study reward system with your revision to make it feel like you're working towards something else in the short term. Whether it's rewarding yourself with a gummy bear with every 10 pages read, or a special treat for a weeks worth of solid revision. It's no secret that we are motivated by rewards and success, and it will definitely help to kick you into gear and start revising!
#9. Draw Diagrams
Drawing diagrams are great for visual learners who like to visualise information and see everything in front of them. This helps to visualise an image in your head which you can easily recall upon in an exam. This also makes your revision slightly more fun, especially if you can get the coloured pencils involved in the process too!
#10. Keep Calm
If you've prepared thoroughly for your exam you really won't have anything to worry about! But it is common to suffer from nerves on the big day, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. When anxiety floods your body it can make you think irrationally and answer in ways you wouldn't normally. So take deep breaths, bring plenty of water into the exam to sip on, and take your time!
With our 10 tips for preparing for exams it will help you on your way to passing those exams with ease! As long as you give yourself plenty of time and look after yourself you'll sail through with no problem! For future blogs relating to exam preparation, keep an eye on the Home 2 Work Facebook page, Twitter andGoogle+ pages.