Preparing for an exam can sometimes be harder than taking the exam, we will show you how to find a balance with 5 simple ways to study that will help you revise effectively:
1) Give yourself time to study (Organisation is key)
This is probably one of the best tips that can be given when it comes to revision. Create a study timetable, write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them and then organise your revision accordingly.
You may find you want to give some exams more study time than others. Everyone is different, so create a study routine that works for you. If you find that you study better in the morning, start early before you take a break for lunch or if you find that you are more productive in the evening, take a break beforehand so that you are ready to sit down and study.
2) Stay Positive!
Having a positive attitude towards your revision can benefit you many ways, even though it can be so easy to just say “forget it all…I’m done”! Pick yourself up and keep going. Maintaining a good attitude towards your exams will reflect in your results. Remember, summer holidays are around the corner, where you won’t have to even think twice about revision but for now get your head down and do your best!
3) Take regular breaks
Taking a break can seem like the easiest thing to do but getting back into revision can be a little harder. However, it is a well-known fact that studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 mintues break between is more beneficial then studying for hours on end. Finding a balance when studying and learning when to break will over time benefit your long term retention period.
4) Practice on old exams
Testing yourself with old exam papers can help you get an idea of the questions that will be asked in the exam. It can also help you improve on your time management skills, as you are timing yourself to do the paper you will realise how much time you should be spending on each question.
Remember, your university or school wants you to pass! When it comes to exam questions, read it a few times – in most cases you’ve probably seen the question before but it has been worded slightly differently.
5) Stay Healthy
This means saying NO to junk food!
Eating right and getting enough rest will give your brain a boost. Snack on “Brain Food” such as fish, nuts, oats, yoghurt and fruit, which have been known to keep your body and brain well-fuelled, which is just what you need when you have a study session planned for the evening.
It has also been proven that 20 minutes of cardio a day can improve your memory. This means whether you are dancing, running or hitting the gym, it will increase your energy levels and can also reduce the effects of stress. There is a gym within walking distance from The Hub, so make sure you get those gym memberships renewed…No Excuses!
As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout your revision and on the exam day.
Here at The Hub all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard AND our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 020 3770 9120 to arrange a viewing.