Studying – not exactly the most enjoyable of activities is it? You spend hours at school listening to your teacher rambling on about Shakespeare, or whatever you study, to come home with a deep desire to crawl into your bed, maybe watch a Netflix film or simply enjoy a meal out with your friends.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Of course it does, but at that point, you are fatally reminded of the upcoming exam season. Your social life as you once knew it begins to fall apart and sometimes you can’t help but feel overwhelmed.
But fear not as you’ve got a studying professional over here (not really but that’s beside the point) and I’ve compiled a list of my 20 favourite studying tips to help you get the best grades.
1) Know your exam dates
One of the most important studying tips is to simply know your exam dates. Circle it in your calendar or start a countdown on your phone, whatever it is, make sure those exam dates are glued into your brain. Doing this ensures you don’t accidentally miss the exam and gives you more time to prepare for it.
2) Start revising early
Despite your urgency to delay it, don’t. Aim to start your revision as early as you possibly can. Leaving it too late will only negatively affect your grades as you won’t have enough time to cover everything. Starting early also prevents any immediate stress on the days before your exam.
3) Make a revision timetable
Organise a schedule for studying by creating a revision timetable. Add the days you’ll commit to studying and how long for. Adding a timetable helps you stick to your revision and complete the necessary work in an allotted time slot.
4) Have the right resources
Pens, pencils, whatever stationary equipment you require, get them. To boost and recap your knowledge, I’d recommend purchasing a revision guide online or from your local bookstore.
5) Read the syllabus
Find your exam syllabus, a list of information that is required for you to know to receive the top marks in your test, print it out and highlight the topics you need to cover or revisit.
6) Find the right environment to work in
Nobody likes working in a noisy, unsettled atmosphere as it can be incredibly difficult to concentrate, so instead find a quiet room, away from all distractions (yes, that includes your television) so you can truly focus on your studying.
If you prefer to listen to music whilst revising, I’d recommend listening to songs without lyrics to prevent yourself jumping into a sudden karaoke session and becoming distracted by the singing.
7) Add a word or equation wall in your room
Finding it difficult to remember the spelling or definition of a word? Or maybe you just can’t remember those important Science equations? Write down all the necessary information and stick them to your bedroom walls, this way you’ll (hopefully) memorise them in time for your exam.
8) Keep away from your phone
Unless it’s absolutely necessary, avoid your mobile phone at all costs. It’s a major distraction and having it at arm’s length will only result in a visit to Twitter every few minutes. If for whatever reason you do need your phone with you, consider logging out of your social media accounts and turning on the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option on your mobile.
9) Don’t overwork yourself
Aim for a couple of hours a day. Overworking yourself will only result in high levels of confusion, tiredness and frustration – I wouldn’t recommend it.
Just because you’ve got an exam coming up doesn’t mean you have to spend your lifetime rotting in your room drinking coffee. Go for a walk, meet your friends, relax for a couple of hours, have fun! Just make sure it doesn’t interfere with your revision timetable and you’ll be fine.
10) Take breaks
Doing 10 hour non-stop revision sessions won’t help.Your brain can only take so much information at a time so make sure you take a short break every hour or so and put your feet up for a couple of minutes.
11) Don’t revise on an empty stomach
Make sure you’ve eaten a healthy amount of food all day so you’re feeling well enough to revise. You may also want to reward and treat yourself to a snack after completing a large task to help with motivation.
And, if you want to become really foodwise, we’d advise you to eat ‘brain foods’, such as fish and vegetables, to help boost your focus and memory.
12) Practise past papers
Find and practise past papers to gain a better understanding on your upcoming exam. Mark your answers and highlight the questions you got incorrect and revisit the subject.
13) Work with your friends
It is a well-known fact that teaching somebody a subject that you know much of can also boost your own understanding of the topic. So grab a mate and revise together. Share your ideas and opinions and test each other on important exam questions.
14) Use a range of different of studying resources
Watch some educational videos and documentaries or visit revision based websites. Don’t just stick to your pen and paper, variety in studying is important.
15) Download apps specifically made for students
Be ahead of your classmates and download a helpful educational app. Maybe it’s to improve or your spelling or just remember important information.
16) Write notes in lessons
Write down new and important information, facts and statistics you’ve learnt in class and recap your memory on them when you’re home. Doing this, ensures you don’t miss and forget any information required for top marks in your exam.
17) Don’t get stressed
Studying can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. Relax, and whilst it may sound impossible, try to enjoy your experience. To reduce stress make sure you exercise regularly and maintain a healthy sleeping pattern and diet. Meditation can also help.
18) Keep positive
Be confident and positive about your exams – it’s not the end of the world if you fail.
19) Set goals and reward yourself when you achieve them
There’s no better feeling than accomplishment. So set yourself some goals, such as revising every day for two months, and once you’ve achieved it, treat yourself. This will definitely make studying feel a lot more worthwhile.
So there you have it, I wish you the very best for your upcoming exams – now get back to revising!
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