How to Revise – Study Tips for Exam Prep
We can safely assume that there are very few people that enjoy revising. We’ve all had to endure it at some point, so we can all relate to the feeling of self-pity as you sit down at your desk ready to attempt the mass of revision ahead of you. As hard as it is, there are many ways to make this activity that little bit easier.
1. Discover your learning technique
This is the first and most important tip to improve your results. Everybody learns differently; some by sight, some by sound, and so on. You may already have an idea of what learning style suits you best, but if not there are many Online Tests you can take to determine this.
2. Give yourself the time
We all know leaving anything till the last minute is never a good idea, and although some people thrive on the pressure of last-minute cramming, generally this can only add to the stress of the impending exam/s. The best way to ensure you don’t have to stay up all night before the exam is to manage your time effectively. Create a study timetable and stick to it. Block out time in the lead up to the exam/s for each subject or module, giving yourself enough time to cover everything you need to.
3. Keep your desk tidy
A tidy space = a tidy mind. And the less you can be distracted by the mess around you, the more you can focus on the work in front of you. Ensure you have enough room on your desk to spread out any notes and books should you need to and get yourself in a comfortable position – you may be there awhile!
4. Test your friends
Setting up ‘study dates’ with your friends isn’t only a good excuse to meet up; it allows you to share successful study techniques, gain answers to questions you may have been stumped by on practise papers, and it holds you accountable to actually revise.
5. TAKE A BREAK
Yes, the key to success is working hard, but you don’t want to wear yourself out completely. According to recent studies, the best way to gain a long-term retention of knowledge is to take wholesome breaks to recuperate and refresh the mind.
6. Make PowerPoint presentations
This depends on your preferred learning style; however, many people find that getting creative and physically making a presentation based around the subject/module you’re revising helps to retain the information. It’s also a nice change from simply reading the material.
6. Utilise Post-It notes for reminders
Don’t just confine your revision to one space – spread reminder post-it notes around your home to keep you thinking throughout the day. Putting them in places you visit the most (such as the back of the toilet door for example!) will help you remember something you may be struggling to grasp.
7. Get some Vitamin D
Being inside for too long can be demotivating, especially if the sun is shining outside. Take your revision notes, find a comfy spot outside and get learning in a different environment.
8. Keep yourself well-fuelled
You may use your 1-hour of revision as a good excuse to treat yourself, but junk food is not the answer if you want to remain productive throughout the day. Choose nutritious foods such as yogurt, blueberries, nuts and seeds as these have been proven to aid concentration and memory. Additionally, keeping hydrated as just as important for keeping your brain working at its best – drink plenty of water throughout your revision and on exam day.
9. Don’t panic!
Last but not least, don’t let the pressure get the better of you. You can only do your best, and if you’ve revised as effectively as possible, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!
It’s not easy preparing for an exam – but the team at Empiric are here to help. We understand that everyone has different skill levels and work closely with each of our students in the UAE to ensure they are learning as effectively as possible.