It’s that dreaded time of year once again! Yes, exam season has officially arrived…don’t panic! There may be a screaming baby in the cot and a pile of revision a mountain high; but deep breathes, everything is manageable. You may feel overwhelmed at the moment, but with a few easy steps, you can get everything under control and achieve the grades you deserve (screaming baby or no screaming baby!) Here are some top revision tips to get you by.
Preparation is key!
Put in the ground work early and it will pay of dividends; here’s a few things to look out for before you start:-
- Find a place to study
Creating the perfect conditions to get those creative juices flowing can be important. Make sure you choose somewhere that you are comfortable; that is quiet and has no temptations close to hand…perhaps not in the vicinity of the television for example! Work our whether you work best in the library, at home, in the garden..wherever as long as it makes you productive. Make sure your don’t have nappies or rattles all over your desk. You need a child -free zone! A space that’s just for you!
- Make a plan, Stan!
- Find a reliable childminder
- The early bird catches the worm
Getting down to it!
There is no set way to revise: different techniques work for different people. Here are a few options for you to try and see which one suits you the most. Perhaps even a combination of methods works best. It’s important to remember that it is your revision – do what is most likely to help those key facts sink in!
- For a lucky few, reading through lecture notes is enough for everything to sink in, but for the rest of us, its about turning those notes into useful revision tools. Why not make prompt cards with the key facts and pin them up on your wall or around the house so you can see them as you go about your daily tasks. For some, visual aids such as diagrams and brainstorms at the most useful, whereas for others aural revision is the most successful. Why not record yourself saying your notes and play them back, or come up with some fun mnemonics to help you memorise.
- For the pragmatists out there, working through old exam papers to get a feel of what is expected is the most useful. Usually similar questions will pop up over a number of years so you can see the type of questions that might crop us. Be careful though when predicting questions! That’s the thing with exams, every now and again they will throw a curve ball, so make sure you have a grasp of the whole topic so you can handle whatever comes you way. Don’t just bank on certain topics coming up, ever heard of sod’s law!
- Often it helps saying your thought out loud. Why not buddy up with a friends on occasion, share notes and discuss any problems that might crop up out of your notes.
All work and no play…
- …makes you frazzled!
- Exercise your body as well as your mind
- You are what you eat!
- Unplug and unwind
Cram! Cram! Cram!
It’s getting down to the wire! Although time may be short, you can still make a difference to your grade. Try and prioritise; do what you can.
- Go through your prompt cards and diagrams
- Keep calm! Go through what you already know instead of trying to cram in extra information at this late stage, it will only confuse you in the exam room.
- Whatever you do – don’t stay up all night revising; being overtired will not help you to do your best!
On the big day!
It is natural to feel nervous before an examination. Remember, don’t panic! Getting in a tizz will only make matters worse – deep breathes..after all you can only do your best!
- Make sure you are well prepared, have your exam timetable to hand. Make sure you arrive in good time – there’s nothing worse than being in a rush. Perhaps get your partner or friend to look after the baby that morning to give you a clear head from the start.
- Everyone around you is in the same boat – remember you are not alone
- Think – what exactly is the worst thing that can happen! So you fail the exam? There will always be an option to resit.
- Most importantly – think positive!
Remember…you can do it!!!
I hope this helps! Good luck everyone.