Preparing For Exams? Give Yourself the Best Chance with These 10 Top Study Tips
1. Give yourself enough time to study - Don't leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute cramming, it's widely accepted that (for most of us) this is not the best way to approach an exam.
2. Organise your study space - Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight?
3. Use flow charts and diagrams - Visual aids can be really helpful when revising.
4. Practise on old exams - This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.
5. Explain your answers to others - This will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.
6. Organise study groups with friends - You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa.
7. Take regular breaks - Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain.
8. Snack on brain food - You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don't have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries.
9. Plan your exam day - Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't leave it to the day before to suddenly realise you don't know the way, or what you're supposed to bring.
10. Drink plenty of water - As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.