Exam revision tips
No matter what type of career you’re planning to have after you leave school or university you’ll have to know how to successfully achieve the qualifications you need. Not everyone is naturally good with exams, so for many of us it’s a matter of making the most out of the time we have to revise in order to attain the best possible grades. The truth is everyone is different and we flourish with different learning techniques. Good exam results can be the first step to a successful career. So here is our impartial exam revision tips for you.
#1: Make a Timetable
This might sound like a pretty basic tool, but when exam time is creeping up and stress levels are rising it is very useful to work out exactly how many hours you can fit in between now and the exam. Be realistic with your time and take into account breaks for meals and resting, if you’re over optimistic about how much studying you can fit in you are less likely to stick to the timetable.
#2: Eat and Drink Well
Revision time is not a time when you want to get sick or feel physically tired. Ensuring that you eat enough calories and stay hydrated sounds simple but many people can lose their appetite when they are stressed or forget to eat proper meals. If you live with friends or family (or other students) why not try taking in turns to organise meals for the household, even if you’re not hungry this will encourage you to think about food and remember to eat proper meals.
#3: Don’t Procrastinate
Yes it’s important to be organised when your revising but don’t spend too much time ‘getting ready to revise’ and not enough time actually learning. If you’re finding it hard to get out of a procrastination rut the best advice is just ask yourself to do one thing. For example, you need to read a book – start off by reading the first line then take it from there. Don’t think about the whole task, just the first step – once you make a start the rest won’t seem so bad anymore.
#4: Research the Exam
Ask your teacher or tutor about exam themes and if they have any tips. They will probably only be able to give you very limited information but it acts as good starting point for your revision. It is also a good technique to try to get hold of some past papers so that you can get as much practice as possible. These should be readily made available through your education provider or accessible online via the exam board website.
#5: Decompress – time out
You’ll probably find a lot of study guides that tell you to exercise when you are studying. Exercise is a great decompression technique if you enjoy exercising but a pain if you don’t. If you don’t want to exercise take some time out to decompress doing something you enjoy, preferably something that lets you move about if you have been sitting down all day.
#6: Bite-size chunks
Failing to plan is planning to fail;
A simple and effective technique is to breakdown your revision into smaller bite-size chunks, you can then plan these as revision sessions into your timetable. Rather than trying to revise everything all at once it is much easier to revise smaller manageable pieces.