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.

  1. Be 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 concentration.
  7. 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.
  8. Be confident. Revise everything to the best of your abilities, and there is no reason for you not to do well in your exams.
Carlota Demony
  • Carlota Demony

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Carlota is our 2016/2017 Student Brand Ambassador at the University of Aberdeen. If you have any questions about EY in Aberdeen follow Carlota on Twitter.