Unfortunately exam time is coming around for many people my age and I know myself that I get super stressed about them. I decided to make this list of tips and tricks to help you prepare for these exams!
Know when your exams are.
I know this may sound ridiculous but the amount of times I have heard people say, ‘Oh! I thought it was next week! I haven’t revised!’
To avoid this dilemma, know exactly when and at what time your exam is and this will cut down a lot of the pre-exam nerves.
Hopefully if your exams are coming up, you have started to revise already but if you are finding it hard to get started and motivated, try and make a revision timetable. Make this timetable practical with some rest time (it’s completely unrealistic to think you will revise every hour of the day) and also factor in other activities you do like youth club or going to the gym so you can still have your ‘me time’. If you find it hard to stick to a timetable, try to at least revise for 15 minutes a day. If after the 15 minutes you feel like stopping, then do. But keep going if you feel like it! 15 minutes everyday will add up!
Give yourself breaks.
Breaks and rest time are so vital when revising, you will never learn anything by sitting staring at a book for 5 hours! Breaks should be short but frequent! Try and take a 5 minute break for every 30 minutes of hard-core revision. This will keep your mind active but interested and you’ll find you will learn more! Also try to get enough sleep (at least 8 hours a night)
Drink plenty of water and eat healthy snacks.
Water is so essential for revision as it keeps your hydrated and focused. Plus it keeps you fuller for longer so you are less likely to snack! (If you don’t like water try to have some diluted juice or some pure fruit juice) If you do feel like having a snack, have something more on the healthy side like carrots or fruit. There is nothing bad about having the occasional chocolate bar but eventually all those chocolate bars will add up and you don’t want that!
What kind of learner are you?
The most effective way to get the most learnt is by identifying the best way that you learn. There are three main types of learners:
Visual – learning best through writing notes out and using lots of colour. (try mind maps)
Kinesthetic – learning best by reading/listening/saying things whilst moving around (try going for a walk while reading/listening to notes)
Aural – learning best by recording or listening to notes. (try saying your notes out loud)
Practice, practice, practice.
Practice makes perfect! For most subjects, after you’ve learnt all the theory the best way to put that learning into practices is by doing questions and previous exam papers. This will help you to learn the type of questions that will be asked and the best way to adapt your knowledge to them. It will also help you practice your timing and your exam technique!
I hope that these tips help some of you through your revision. Revision is hard and laborious, but it will be so worth it when you get the results you deserve! We can all get through this together! Good luck!
‘You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi