essentials for exam prep

The Essentials For Exam Prep

As exam time encroaches, it’s normal to feel slightly overwhelmed about the whole experience. Preparing for exams is a challenging task whether you are studying for school, higher education, or something else. Because of this it’s important to manage your time and stress levels.

From pandemic-inspired revision courses, to how to keep track of your wellbeing during this busy period, we have found out the latest tips and tricks that are bound to keep students focused, positive and confident for their exams. Read on to find out more.

Build up interest

Being passionate about your studies creates a more meaningful and effective revision process. To increase your interest in a subject, find a film or podcast on the topic or perhaps visit a museum, there are many great options out there.

Making your studies an interest is such a valuable thing, not only will you see an improvement in your grades, but it will help you become an independent learner, an advantage when applying to jobs and universities.

Stay healthy

As your exams get closer and closer, you may begin to feel more pressure to do well. At times like these, forgetting to look after yourself is a bad habit that is easy to fall into.

Make an effort not to by maintaining a regular sleeping pattern, as well as taking short breaks throughout the day. Students produce better results by developing a good routine.

Exercise is important too, going for a walk or a run during your break helps you think of new ideas and resets the brain. Talking of which, start eating ‘brain food’. Eating well can help improve your mood and memory, so ditch the late-night snacks and go for fruits, green veg, eggs, and fatty fish.

Remember staying healthy isn’t just a physical process. You should keep track of yours and others mental wellbeing too. If things do start to get overwhelming, talk to a friend who may be going through the same thing.

Looking after yourself while you are revising will help you stay focused and maintain momentum right up until your exam time, as well as, starting on the right path for positive habits in the future.

Review your notes

Textbooks and practice papers can only help you so much. An important part of the revision process that some students sometimes miss is reviewing their notes from their classes. Looking back at your class notes will help identify areas which you are struggling with or perhaps missed in class.

Study smart by knowing what to focus on when revising, as no one wants to get to their exam and realise they have forgotten to look at a crucial topic!

Your notes can also help you more easily understand the topic as they explain it in your own words, and they might even contain extra pieces of information or advice your teacher gave you. Of course, this means it’s helpful to have a good note taking technique throughout the year, so prepare in advance.

Create a good study space

Everyone learns in different ways, and that goes for the place you work best in too. Some students prefer a busier environment, such as working in a coffee shop or in the library with friends. Others prefer the comfort of their own home and no distractions. Either is the right way to do it, just do what works best for you, or switch it up when you start to lose focus!

Whatever you do choose, make sure you have a study space that matches your needs. It’s good to work in a room where you can get lots of natural sunlight, as working in a bright environment can boost your mood and keep you focused. Declutter your workspace too!

Having an organised desk and notes is a massive benefit to your studying. You can colour coordinate your work and highlight important points that you need to remember for your exams, so when you are feeling a bit more time pressured, it’s easy to go back to them.

Make a study schedule

Use your time wisely, by following a good study plan. Having a revision schedule will make it harder for you to ignore topics you find difficult, or not so interesting. It might be a tad tedious, but it will help you in the long run. It may benefit you to show the plan to someone who can help you keep focused and on track.

Just remember to not be too hard on yourself if you don’t keep to it 100%. Plans don’t always work out, just make sure you can adjust the schedule, if need be, so you are in the best possible position going forward.

Study with your peers

Revising with your peers is worth doing if you find revision difficult. You all are working towards similar goals and so can keep each other from procrastinating and work on each other’s weaknesses. Even if you are the one doing the explaining, you will gain a better understanding of the material.

On top of this, the social element of being around friends can make revision much less stressful. Not everyone realises it, but your fellow students are often your best resource available.

Join a revision course

If you want to make sure you are ready for your exams, then a revision course is the best way to see effective results. The pandemic hasn’t made the last few years easy on students, so it’s understandable you may need extra practice to feel positive again.

Working in small groups, with focused practice and regular feedback from your tutor, can boost your grades and knowledge significantly.

There are many revision courses you can opt in for. Tutor House, a top online tuition service, delivers online Easter revision courses to help students stay confident and ready for their upcoming exams.

So, are you ready?

No matter what stage of life you are at, preparing for exams is always a daunting task. So, we hope that our advice helps you achieve your academic goals and makes your revision journey a little less stressful.

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