Planning for Success, Exam Preparation
Examinations need not be a daunting exercise if you prepare for your exams well in advance. We’ve put together the following tips to help you plan your studies ahead of exam season.
- Make a study plan
Planning and organising your study is key. Students want to do well and study but many cannot because they don’t know how or where to begin. This is where planning can help. Make a plan encompassing the topics you need to study and put it into a timetable. Take into consideration things like, subjects you like and dislike, mix up your subjects to avoid burnout. Make sure you set aside enough time for leisure and other commitments.include breaks and most importantly stick to the plan.
- Set S.M.A.R.T study Goals
Set S.M.A.R.T study goals. This could be a deadline for finishing a chapter, or attaining a certain score on a practise test, or simply studying for a set amount of time. Whatever it is, set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timed) goals and don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve these goals.
- Choose a suitable location
Find a quiet, comfortable place to study. Make sure you have plenty of light and enough space for your books. Ensure the area is free from distractions like TV, mobile, radio, traffic noise, pets etc… Keep your study and writing materials at hand before you begin your studies. you might even consider studying with a friend, but only if he/she is equally comitted to studying too.
- Take frequent breaks
Taking breaks is very important. Long periods of study without breaks, diminishes your focus and concentration. Breaks will help you pay more attention and helps to bring your mind back to focus on your studies. Breaks can also be a way to reward yourself for attaining a study goal. Such as spending time on social media, talking to a friend, watching an episode of your favourite programme etc…
- Keep Fit & Healthy
Diet and exercise play a very important role during study. Eating a healthy diet is essential to help you focus and concentrate on your studies. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Also make time for exercise and get outdoors between your studies if you can. It’s also important to get enough sleep at night. If you like studying late into the night or early in the morning, make sure you catch you catch up on the sleep lost.
We hope following the steps above will give you a good head start to preparing for your exams!
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Help is at hand
On Exam Day
When it comes to revising for exams, you can really improve your results through good planning and better studying habits.
Follow our TOP TIPS to help you along the way !
- Make your own revision notes: you'll learn as you write
- Get virtual: log onto your virtual learning environment to access notes and information to help you
- Search websites:·GCSE Bitesize & You Tube are ideal for revision guides to find practical help and advice·
- Test yourself:·avoid subjects you already know
- Plan - don't cram: list the topics you need to cover then create a revision timetable
- Take regular breaks: your concentration lapses after a couple of hours
- Practise: look at past exam papers and see how the questions could be asked and time yourself
- Highlight key areas: using colours and symbols - visuals help you remember facts
- Find yourself a space to revise: it will help you concentrate
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Last updated: 27 April 2018