Nobody particularly enjoys exams, and, for some more than others, they can be a real challenge. This can then get in the way of having an enjoyable study experience. However, fear not – there are ways to deal with exams that can make them much less intimidating. So, check out our exam revision tips:
Make a revision timetable
Now is your chance to design a fabulous-looking revision timetable. However, just remember that it should also be practical and realistic. This will help you organise your study time, taking into account the other commitments in your life. A revision timetable also gives you structure and makes you start to think about the actual exam.
You all know someone who can study for an exam the night before and still do well. However, these people are few and far between. For most people, it takes a while to start to retain the information required for the exam. The earlier you start, the more prepared you will feel. Starting early also allows you to establish an approach to revising that works for you without facing an imminent deadline.
It is tempting when revising to keep going, especially once you have started to find a rhythm. This can be even more of a temptation when accessing distance learning. However, this can lead you to feel fatigued and unlikely to remember what you have read. It is much more beneficial to take natural breaks, as this allows you time to take in what you have learnt and also means you will return to revising feeling refreshed.
Find a quiet space
It is essential that you find somewhere quiet to revise. Excessive noise will only distract you from what you are trying to learn. You need to be able to concentrate on your revision, and being interrupted will not aid this. You may want to find a place at home where you can shut yourself away from mum/partner/children.
Use Post-it notes
Placing Post-it notes with key information/phrases around the house can be a really good way of reinforcing what you have learnt. This allows you to be constantly learning, even when you are simply making yourself a cup of tea.
Use practice papers
Most courses that have exams will allow you access to practice papers. Make sure you make use of these, as they can really help you feel prepared. Practice papers will allow you to become familiar with the format of the exam and provide an insight into the type of questions you may be asked.
Form a study group
This can be especially important for distance learning students, as contact with other students can be limited. Creating a revision group will provide you a chance to discuss how you feel about the exam and share strategies for revising. This can also be a good support network, especially when you are feeling the pressure. Just make sure that you are actually revising between trips to the coffee shop.
“Why seven exam revision tips?” we hear you asking. Well, you need to get back to revising!