In about a week is the bane of my existence,EXAMS. Exam time is finally here, Insert collective groan from entire student population and I know I need all the help I can get to survive exams so in honor of exams coming up, here are a few tips to help you survive.
I’ve been writing exams for about 17 years now and I still don’t like them. Seriously, you would think I’d be used to them by now but I am really not. I am getting better at it though sighs and rolls eyes. Every semester before writing exams I always make a list of the things I need to have or do to maximize on the time I have to study and after doing all the research I could I really wanted to share so I could help someone else.
When it comes to studying, different things work for different people. Your learning style definitely comes into play – but other factors are important too. Whether you like short bursts of study time every day, or intense study sessions paired with days off? Or you prefer a strict study timetable or just picking up your books when you feel like it? What ever your studying preferences, here are some handy tips and tricks that work every time.
STUDY HACK 1: Mix it up
- highlight your work
- use mind maps , draw a mind map and stick it on your wall.
- use flash cards and sticky notes to help you remember definitions, cases and equations
- use sticky notes.
STUDY HACK 2: Understand you goals
Plan, plan, plan. Write down the scope of the exam for your different courses and plan what it is you need to know. Use your notes, course outlines and past papers to map out what you have to know and break it down.
STUDY HACK 3: Reward yourself and take breaks
I loooooovvvvee coffee ( ice coffee is my drink of choice when I am busy, I don’t have to worry about it going cold, lol) and fruits. So when I am studying I make sure I have my snacks with me and I reward myself with a refill after finishing a chapter or topic, it motivates me.
Whatever your vice maybe, reward yourself after every chapter, topic or case.
Secondly, take a page from Meredith and Cristina (Greys Anatomy) and dance it out. If you feeling overwhelmed or tied, take a moment, play some music and twerk. If dancing is for you that;s alright, take a walk or take a power nap. I find it helpful to take a step back from it all so I don’t get overwhelmed.
STUDY HACK 4: Organize your study space and get comfortable.
I study in PJ’s and socks, even on a warm day as long as I am indoors I have to be in socks because my feet get cold. Do you, make sure you are comfortable and you have everything you need and want around you.
Organize your work space, keep the books and notes that you need to use for that particular subject.
Do not underestimate the importance of food when you are studying, Food is your fuel. It can also be a great way to unwind after studying. Cook a delicious meal as a study break and use cooking and eating as a way to relax. It will help you focus, channel your energy and ultimately give you the fuel power you need to prepare for that exam. Try and keep it healthy or at least try adding some healthy food to your diet to help aid concentration and memory. (loads of fruit (apples, berries and bananas); nuts; and loads of vegetables too).
As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
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