Exam season is just around the corner which means revision time should be in full swing! We know it can be hard to get your head down so we have got some of our favourite exam tips right here to help you on your way.
- We know it’s the same old same old, but create a revision timetable
Before you get started, spend some time looking at the topics that you need to revise. You should give all subjects the equal amount of time or give a bit more to the areas that need that little extra attention. Research shows that 20 to 30 minute chunks seem to work best so plan away, but don’t forget some little breaks (you definitely deserve them!).
- A fresh mind is the best mind
Try and start your revision first thing in the morning. Yes, we know that’s a big ask!
It will set you up for a successful day and there is less chance you’ll be distracted by what your friends are doing in the afternoon. Not only that, you should start your revision chunks with the topics you struggle most with because your memory is strongest at the start of your sessions.
- Help your brain
There are many ways you can help your brain to take in information that you might think will never make sense.
Try a range of learning techniques. Make your notes colourful if you learn visually, talk about what you have learnt and discuss them with a friend if you learn audibly, or add movements to what you have learnt if you learn kinetically!
- Use pictures, mnemonics or even calligrams (e.g. bold, italics or underlined) to make words and statements stand out.
- Past papers aren’t fun, but we promise they help!
- Practise in everyday life. If you are revising maths, you could try to work out how much that jumper you want would be with a 15% discount. Hey, you could always treat yourself to it if you get it right! Which brings us on to our next tip…
- Reward yourself
There can be a light at the end of the tunnel! If you manage to get through all of your planned revision, give yourself a treat. Meet your friends, have some of your favourite food or chill out, watch Netflix. A tired brain isn’t a happy brain.
- Look after yourself
Aside from sleeping enough, eating healthy and exercising, just stay calm. Exams are not the be-all and end-all. Work hard, play hard and don’t put yourself under too much pressure.