Our 10 Top Tips for Exam Success
April 11, 2018
We’ve all been there…
…we all know how stressful exams can be and how anxious we can get on the day.
No amount of preparation and revision seems to do the trick; the more stressed you get, the more anxious you get and then… well, let’s not think about that.
What we need to do is think of how to overcome this stress and anxiety.
Luckily, we’ve got some top tips to help you get passed all of this and work your way towards exam success:
Organise your space
Ever heard the phrase “Tidy house, tidy mind”? Well this is 100% true!
Your brain sees a messy environment as a distraction and something else to focus on. If you clear your surroundings you clear your mind and can focus on your studying, which will lead to exam success.
Make a detailed plan
A study plan is how you can ensure that you fit in everything you need before each exam. Prioritise your exam revision in chronological order but also consider how much time you need to spend on each topic. Your ability for each topic may not be equally spread.
Use your tutor to their full extent
Your tutor is there to help so make sure you ask any questions well in advance of the exam. No question is a stupid question.
Practice with old exam papers
A lot of the time, examinations have the same concept, but questions are presented in a different manner. Practicing with past papers will allow you to get familiar with the format, as well as identify your weaker areas.
Break down your answers
When you reach an answer, speak the method out loud. This way you will be able to get to grips with how you got there and understand how to achieve it again in the future.
Figure out how you learn best
There are 3 main types of learners: Audio, visual and kinesthetic learners. As their names suggest, each learner learns best in different ways, so it is important you know which you are to ensure you are being the most effective with your studying.
Don’t overwork yourself
This is vital! Overworking can lead to stress and your brain will start focusing on the stress rather than the revision itself. Use your study plan to schedule in well-deserved breaks and give yourself time to relax and recover.
Eat a healthy diet
As well as a great life tip, this is a great tip for exam success. Certain foods boost memory and concentration, and are better for brain activity. Foods like salmon, blueberries, dark chocolate and nuts will keep your brain healthy and active. Not all together of course… (unless that’s your thing!)
Get plenty of sleep
There is no point staying up late to cram in some last-minute revision. Without sleep your brain activity decreases and you are not as productive as you would usually be. Schedule your sleep (and even naps if you need to) into your study plan to ensure get enough.
Be prepared on the day
Ensure you have a healthy breakfast and prepare everything you need for the day of the exam. This will help you stay relaxed and perform to your best ability.
We have over 10 years of experience so we know what we are talking about. Follow these tips to help maximise your potential and stay cool and collected throughout your exam period.