The summer exams are coming relatively soon. Here is a compilation of tips to help you get started and get the grade you deserve.
‘Fail to prepare; prepare to fail’.
Work out what you actually need to revise for the exam, this way you’ll avoid wasting time and get a clear idea of what the course demands of you.
- Go through your module guides and write down EVERYTHING that you need to know for the exam. It’s also an idea to go through your old class work and note any stylistic errors (e.g. poor punctuation) you frequently make.
- Once you have a list of everything you need to revise or practice try and build a time table to accommodate it. Everyone has different revision habits: some of us revise better in to morning; others in the evening. By now you probably know when you’re more focused, so use this to your advantage!
Ways to revise
- Flash cards are really useful for memorizing. They work best with facts, short revision notes or a summary of an idea. Try and go through them once a day, perhaps before you go to bed, as this is relatively ‘light’ revision.
- Sticky notes are also pretty useful, especially for short things like dates, definitions, and formulas. Stick them in place you frequently see like around a mirror or your desk.
- Practice does make perfect! Go through old test papers or do practice exercises whenever possible. Not only does it help you perfect exam technique, but you’ll familiarize yourself with the types of questions.
- Sleep well! Try and catch some early nights during exam period so you’re refreshed and awake for your exams. On average we need about 7 hours of sleep a night.
- Keep hydrated! You perform better when you’re hydrated. Although many of us drink caffeinated drinks to help us stay alert, avoid consuming more than 300mg of caffeine a day. Excessive caffeine consumption isn’t good for you as it can provoke headaches and insomnia.
- Fight procrastination! When we are doing something that we don’t really want to do, like revision, we tend to distract ourselves with other things. We procrastinate. Try to find a working environment where you are least likely to get distracted.
- Give yourself a break! When revising the general rule is 15 minutes to every hour of revision as your concentration levels experience highs and lows. The high points are at the beginning and the end of a revision session, where as the low point is in the middle.