Before you plunge a spoon into a jar of Nutella or plan out a week of all-nighters, we’ve compiled 10 tips to help you prepare for your exams.
1. Sort the details
Where is my exam? What do I need to bring? What time does it start? Get these questions out of the way as soon as possible. These are minor details that can turn into major issues if not sorted out beforehand. All of these details are also sent to student email accounts in week 11.
Start studying for the actual exam at least one week out and plan your time wisely. Create a schedule using a calendar, excel or even a whiteboard and block out study times. Remember to leave room for breaks, it’s impossible to study around the clock.
3. Just say no to fast food fixes
A healthy brain will help you function and concentrate better. Eat well, stay hydrated and resist the urge to replace dinner with chocolate. Whole grains, fruit, vegetables and nuts have shown to boost brain power and better to be full of real energy than strung out on caffeine and sugar.
4. Sleep, sleep, sleep
A study in the US found that an adequate amount of sleep is critical for academic success. It is recommended that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each evening, which is especially important during exam period and a good reason to ditch all night study sessions.
5. Remix your study
Change the way you review your notes to boost your memory. Re-write typed notes by hand or take them wherever you go by using your phone to record yourself reading notes out loud, creating a study playlist.
6. Explain it
The best way to find a gap in your knowledge is to explain what you are studying to someone else. Use your friends and family as students of your learning, you may teach them something new but, more importantly, you’ll recognise the subjects you find hardest to explain. These are the parts you’ll need to brush up on.
7. Ask and you shall receive
If you’re stuck on any of the subject material, ask. Fellow students and teachers all want you to succeed and are your best contacts when it comes to asking for help. Our Student Liaison Officers are also a great source for support and are available by phone or email.
8. Decode the question
When you take an exam, remember to slow down and read thoroughly. Break down the question so you know exactly what is being asked before you answer. If you don’t have the answer right away, move onto the next one and come back to it later.
9. Take a deep breath
If you are feeling overwhelmed during the exam, stop. Take a few deep breaths, relax then get stuck back into it. Exams can be daunting but don’t let that stress you into a poor performance.
10. Plan the day
Figure out breakfast, the route to your exam venue and what you need to bring. This is the least of your worries so plan it out before you turn up ready to show off your education. If using a Personal Exam Supervisor (PES), contact the nominated supervisor two days prior to confirm the booking and start time. And remember, when it comes to exams, always be early.
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