Exam season. Whatever the stage of education you’re at, exams are never fondly welcomed. But being prepared is always key, so here are some exam hacks to help get you through this time.
Take regular breaks.
This is an important one for many reasons. Sitting in front of a computer or at a desk for prolonged periods of time isn’t good for anyone so make sure that you give yourself regular breaks between studying. Actually, get up from where you are, walk away from the books, computer, notes; go and get a drink or a snack or even some fresh air. This will be beneficial for a few reasons. It will give your eyes and brain a break from concentrating and, therefore increase your productivity when you return to study. Your body will benefit from the change in position and posture. Sometimes during exam preparation, you can hit a metaphorical wall, feeling like you can’t think of anything else to say or struggling to grasp a concept, so giving your mind a break and change of scenery can sometimes help to reboot.
Read up on the subject.
Go back through all the information you have written down from previous classes, read through text books you own and take some new ones out of the library. Have a look online, but be careful with information taken from the internet that it comes from a reliable and credible source.
Make flash cards/songs/alliterations.
Using different study techniques such as; different coloured pens to break up the information, the use of diagrams, alliterations of key points, or even forming them into a memorable tune are all proven methods of helping important information stick. Re-writing the key information into clear and concise points and putting it onto small flash cards can help too. Repetition is an extremely useful tool when it comes to preparing for an exam.
Take yourself away from all busy areas of the house, school, college or wherever. Find a nice, quiet spot, libraries are perfect as all those books are right to hand as well. Turn off your mobile phone and do not log onto any social media accounts. Nothing that vital is going to be missed in the few hours you’re spending doing some extremely important revision. Stop procrastinating. Focus your brain to the task in hand and concentrate. If you can do all of this, things will get done a lot quicker which is definitely a bonus in my eyes!
Creating a timetable can help manage your time to its full potential. If you have several subjects to study for you can draw up a timetable so that each one gets an equal amount of focus. Also, another perk to making a timetable is that when you have allotted specific amounts of time to certain things, you’re more likely to utilise that time to the maximum. It’s a smaller window of time to concentrate on. A timetable can also allow you to schedule in your breaks and time off from studying, you’re basically rewarding 2 hours of study time with a half an hour coffee and catch up on social media break. But having these clear pockets of time will allow you to make much better use of it rather than simply bumbling along, not knowing which subject to look at next and, therefore, wasting time.
You can do this. Preparation is most definitely the key to success.