Studying for an exam can at times prove stressful and challenging. However, by putting in the hard work and dedicating time to preparing for your exams, you can soon be on the way to achieving high grades. Try some of our top tips below to help with your studying.
- Allow plenty of time
It’s a good idea to make sure you leave enough time for studying by setting out a timetable to cover all areas which you may be tested on. By making a list of when your exams are you can effectively prepare your study time around this. This will allow you to ensure that you don’t run out of time to cover everything you’ve been taught.
- Effective note taking
By taking lecture notes that will assist you with your studying you are already on the way to exam success. Rather than copying down everything your tutor says it’s a good idea to make a note of the key information which may be relevant for your exams or assignments. It’s also important to make sure you have understood everything you’ve been taught so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need more assistance.
- Choose where to study
While some people prefer to study on their own in silence, others prefer to study in groups to share advice and test each other. With any studying environment it is important to make sure you have enough room for your textbooks and notes and that there are no distractions such as Facebook or computer games. By deciding what works best for you, you will be able to focus and make valuable use of your study time.
- Try past exam papers
Taking practice papers is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for an exam. Not only does it give you an idea of the type of questions which you may be asked but it also allows you to familiarise yourself with the format of the paper. It’s a good idea to time yourself to ensure you will be able to answer all the questions on the day.
- Have regular breaks
While it’s vital to leave yourself as much time as possible to study it is also equally important to take regular breaks. Studies have shown that taking breaks allows you to remember more knowledge for a longer period of time. Develop a study routine that works for you, whether you prefer to study first thing in the morning and have a break at lunch time or whether you choose to study in the evening, it’s important to ensure you make time for breaks and fresh air.
- Try brain food
Your diet can have a significant impact on your energy levels and focus. By avoiding junk food and opting for nutritious foods that have been scientifically proven to aid concentration and memory, you can increase your chances of success. The same applies on exam day. It’s recommended that you should eat a good meal before the test – ideally foods which provide a slow release of energy throughout the exam. Check out our blog post on brain foods for further tips and advice: http://www.iab.org.uk/blog/remember,-your-brain-needs-its-basic-nourishment,-to-fuel-your-day!
- Have plenty of water
Ensure you keep well hydrated as this is essential for your brain to work at its best. This is especially important throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
- Take regular exercise
Physical activity is important especially when you are studying. Try going for a walk or jog once you’ve finished revising for the day as it will increase your heart rate, making the blood circulate faster which will in turn ensure the brain gets more oxygen. This helps improve your productivity and reduces tiredness and stress.
- Be prepared for the big day
By getting everything ready well in advance of the exam you will ensure that you can keep as calm as possible and focus on the task ahead. It’s important to ensure you know your way to your test centre, have all the equipment you need and allow enough time to reach the venue.
- Have a good night’s sleep
Make sure you have time to relax in between studying and enough sleep each night. Studying all night will eventually leave you feeling exhausted so ensure you’re feeling refreshed by having a good night’s sleep especially before the day of the exam.
Good luck and we would love to hear your top exam tips!
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