April 27, 2021

Exam preparation tips

Exam season is almost in full swing and although the weather is starting to warm up and places are starting to open, for a lot of students their only plan is to study for now.

In the weeks leading up to exam season a lot of students start to feel anxious and worried when thinking about a study routine. It’s not easy after months of online classes, especially if you’re having your final exams.

But we think exam season is an exciting time. You just need to do a bit of planning ahead and preparing so you feel completely confident (or as confident as possible!) when you write that first exam. And once it’s all over you’ll have all summer to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break.

We’ve got a few study tips that’ll help you gear up and get ready…

Find a place to study…

This should be the first thing on your agenda. Having your own space to study is important. You might think your dorm room, or bedroom at home, is the answer – it’s the obvious choice, but is it the right choice? You can be easily distracted by your roommate or parents when trying to study. So maybe think about using the school/college’s library as your study space, or a quiet coffee shop that has free WiFi?

Stay healthy…

Eating the right food can make a huge, positive difference with studying. Filling up on junk food or sweet treats won’t keep you properly nourished whilst studying. Skipping meals can leave you feeling weak and unfocused. And you definitely don’t want to be unfocused when trying to prepare for your exams. Try to make healthy choices for lunch – if you’re eating at the school’s cafeteria, head to the salad bar rather than the cheeseburger stand!

Organize yourself…

Have a plan, write it down, follow it. It’s as simple as that! You’re much more likely to stick to a schedule if it’s written down than if you just make a plan in your head. There are some great apps you can download to help with study planning, or you could opt for a simple day planner and tick things off your to-do list with a pen.

Get enough sleep…

This can be hard when you’re worrying about your next exam! But it’s so important that you get enough sleep throughout the week. Your body needs time to recharge after every study session so you’re able to think straight throughout the day. Eight hours of sleep a night is recommended so try and work that into your routine. You’ll feel so much better if you do!

Stay positive…

Heading into a study session and exam with the right attitude can lead you on the path to success straight away. Try to see the glass as half-full when it comes to finishing your exams. Instead of always thinking “I won’t ever get this done in time”, think “I’ll definitely finish this on time if I start it now!” and you’re much more likely to succeed in doing so. Exercise is a great way to help you feel more positive about life in general so why not join the school/college gym and go twice a week. Optimism is important in coping with all aspects of life.

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