Our top five tips on preparing for exams

Our top five tips on preparing for exams

April 29, 2016
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Whatever age, exams can be both a stressful and nerve-wracking experience; even more so if you’re not prepared. For all those students with exams coming up over the next month or so, it’s an important time to start thinking about putting a revision plan in place early to avoid last-minute cramming, which we know simply doesn’t work.

To help you prepare, plan ahead and feel confident when you enter the exam hall, we’ve put together our five top tips to help:

1. Set Yourself Goals
Setting goals is extremely effective for motivating yourself for revision, just make sure that the goals you set yourself are both realistic and achievable. Giving yourself tasks and deadlines like this will not only motivate you to succeed, but it will make creating a revision plan that much easier.

2. Create a Revision Plan
Managing your time is key to exam success. Creating an effective revision plan will help you to be organised and ensure you make the most of your time. If you’re someone that struggles with exams more than others, putting together a revision plan is particularly important as it will allow you to map out your progress, so come exam time you will feel as prepared and relaxed as possible.

3. Find a Study Buddy
Revising with a friend can be really useful for covering topics you struggle with. Everyone learns differently so experimenting with different revision tactics will help you discover the best way you retain information, be that by making bullet point flash cards or using online tools. It also means you can test each other, making you aware of your own progress.

4. Get into a Routine
Establishing a routine early is the best way of guaranteeing you’ll stick to your revision plan. We recommend finding a quiet space with few distractions. There are no rules to say when you should study or for how long so you will need see what works best for you. Remember, you are not a machine; it’s vital that you take regular breaks to avoid headaches, regain focus and improve productivity.

5. Take Advantage of Resources
Always make the most of resources available to you, whether it be online tools or through school revision sessions, all are useful for success. There are much more sophisticated revision tools and technologies available nowadays, BBC Bitesize is great and so is S-cool, so it would be advantageous to explore these as they may be better suited to your needs.

You will need to start early to discover your ideal way of learning and of absorbing information but following our tips will give you the key ingredient to feeling confident and passing your exams; ultimately it’s about preparation and hard work.

We wish you all the very best of luck.