My Top 8 Tips for Exam Revision
Whether you are in first or third year, exams are stressful for most students. Pressure really builds up, and these feelings can affect your performance.
After two years and half at university and 14 exams, I would
like to say I have mastered the art of being stress free during this period – but
unfortunately that has not happened yet. Nonetheless, there are a few things
that help me cope with my pre-exam stress, and they might help you too. These
are my top 8 tips for a smooth exam season.
organised. Organisation can take many forms. Whether you want to make a
study schedule or a simple check list of all topics covered in class,
everything will work so far as it works for you. Being organised is simplest
tool to make sure you finish revision on time.
- Be comfortable. Make sure the
environment you are studying in makes you feel relaxed. Whether this is at
home, at a coffee shop, or at the library. However, you should find an
equilibrium between comfort and productivity. For example: while studying in
bed is comfortable, studies show that it is not very productive – a table (or a
desk) is always the place best suited for studying.
- Practice. Doing past exam papers or asking your
lecturers for practice questions is the best way to prepare for what will be
asked of you. If you know what to expect, you will stress less.
- Take breaks. Revising for exams can be
intense. A great way to unwind is to take small breaks throughout the day. Set
goals – for example finishing a book chapter – and when you reach them take a
break to clear your mind.
- Get enough sleep. Most students have
probably experienced the feeling of being extremely tired after a long day of
studying. This is your brain telling you it needs rest. After sleeping you will
feel refreshed and ready to revise some more. Sleeping is also a great tool to
assimilate all the material you studied.
- Eat. It is really important to eat
throughout the day; food is fuel for your brain. But it is especially important
to have a good breakfast – this will give you energy and improve your
- Relax. Set a couple of hours every day
as strictly relaxing time, you can do this in the morning or at night. Do
something you enjoy, whether that is going to the gym or watching a movie.
- Be confident. Revise everything to the best of your abilities, and there is no reason for you not to do well in your exams.