Exam season is an extremely stressful time and there’s no way to completely avoid this added pressure. But below are many ways you can prepare yourself to make it a much more easier and smoother process.
This is key to being successful in your exams. It’s important that you create a revision plan so you can dedicate an equal amount of time to every subject. Your plan should be set over a certain time period and include things such as reading over notes, watching videos and completing past papers.
Where to study?
Make sure that you work in mixed environments. Working alongside others can help you, especially in times where you’re struggling and may need some help. But remember, silent study is vital as this is the best way to absorb the information you have learnt.
Make sure you buy a calender or even use your mobile if you have one, noting down what exams are on which day and where they will be located is something that you cannot forget. After all, it would be extremely disappointing if you missed an exam due to pure negligence.
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Using different techniques is a great idea when revising as you can find what helps you learn quicker and more efficiently. Try things such as brainstorms, watching videos, sticking up post it notes. Remember, everyone has their own method. Past papers are extremely important when preparing for your exams, seeing the kind of answers they are looking for and how questions are worded will help you to be more in tune with what examiners want.
If your school/college are holding extra classes in areas you’re not too confident on, make sure you attend. Asking for help isn’t a bad thing, after all it could be the difference between a grade boundary.
It’s easy to lose focus, but it’s important to keep the end goal in sight. If you are feeling unmotivated write down what you are experiencing, don’t avoid it. Everyone will experience this at some point, just make sure you stay focused.
Procrastination isn’t avoidable. You will experience it on numerous occasions. With the vast amount information you need to remember, it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts of what you’re going to have for dinner tonight. But try studying in 30 minute short bursts, as there is less chance of you procrastinating.
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Exercising regularly and eating healthy can actually have a massive impact on your stress levels. Don’t be afraid to sometimes take yourself out of a situation when things become overbearing, and do something you enjoy e.g. playing football, drawing.
As long as you’ve worked hard and given it 100% you’ll be fine. Just remember you can only do your best, and it’s not life or death, you’re still alive!