As I’m sure you all know, the lead up to exams can be a stressful time. But with a little preparation you can set yourself up to achieve the best possible results. So forget cramming, and try these tips instead.
1. Start studying well in advance
Leaving things to the last minute will only lead to unnecessary stress, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to study. If you can, find out what material will be included in the exam so you can focus your efforts.
Reading straight from a textbook is bound to put you straight to sleep, so instead, try something a little more visual. When revising for a topic, identify the areas you need to focus on then condense the information into a diagram, chart or picture. You are more likely to remember an image than a clump of text.
3. Bring a friend (or two)
Studying with friends is a great way to test your knowledge, and share it! Just make sure you stick to one topic at a time, and ask each other as many questions as you possibly can – it’s possible they have some of the answers you’ve been looking for.
4. Plan your day
There’s no point in all this study preparation if you miss the bus and don’t make it to your exam in time. Before the day arrives, make sure you’ve got everything you need ready to go, your timing sorted, and your transport organised. Arriving barely on time and frazzled isn’t the best mindset to start off with.
5. Eat right, drink up
Energy and focus is key during exam time, and even though a big serving of sugar might seem like a good idea to help you power through, you’ll be better off snacking on healthy brain foods, and drinking plenty of water. Check out some healthy eating ideas from my previous post: Planning to succeed: A student’s guide to healthy eating.
This post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.
Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.