Exam season is fast approaching, so this week’s blog focus on exam study tips.
Exams are inevitable for students, but they don’t need to be painful. With preparation, stress can be avoided, and better results are more likely to be achieved. For that reason, today at The Lofttown, your student residence in Barcelona, we share a list with the best tips so that during exam times you get the results you always wanted.
Tip 1: Study Every Day
According to studies, students revise 15 to 20 per week in the few weeks before an exam. This equates to around five hours per day, with weekends off. Revising every day reduces pressure on the student and reduces the need to cram.
Tip 2: Have A Study Routine
The best time to revise depends on personal preference, however developing routine delivers better results. Find the study times that work best for you and create a study timetable around that. If you work best in the daytime, treat your study schedule like a 9-5 job and down tools for the day at 5pm to do something fun or de-stressing. If you find you work best in the evening time, then take the mornings for yourself and start working in the afternoon.
Tip 3: Manage Your Time
As soon as your exam schedule comes in, write it down and pin it up to your wall. In creating a study schedule, you can ensure that you do not leave anything to the last minute. A starting point may be to write out the dates of exams, organise how many pages you have to learn and how long tasks will take based on your studying habits. Additional tools like alarms, wall planners and to-do lists may help aid the process. There is nothing more stress-inducing than realizing you’ve forgotten an exam because your phone had a glitch and you lost your timetable.
Tip 4: Organise Your Study Space
Organising your notes, files and papers is incredibly important for a successful study sesh, this includes your computer too. There is nothing more frustrating than searching through files and papers trying to find that one piece of information you need, so remember to label and colour code to your heart’s content. A cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind!
Organising your exam study space and getting rid of distractions improves focus. Ensuring it is as comfortable as possible reduces anxiety and stress.
Tip 5: Get Plenty Of Practice
Old exam papers are an ideal way of preparing for exams. This means you are prepared for the format of the questions and the time it takes for yourself.
Tip 6: Have A Healthy Routine
You need to fuel your body with foods that help concentration like bananas, berries, yoghurt, eggs, oats, salmon, peanut butter and even chocolate. By eating natural, healthy food you can keep your body and brain fit and help improve concentration and memory. It can be really tempting to reach for foods that are convenient when you’re short for time, but you’ll soon find yourself feeling lethargic and unmotivated if you exist solely on a diet of cereals, pot noodles, and takeaways during your exams.
Drinking water is also advisable as it is required to stay hydrated and adds to your positive mood.
Tip 7: Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Revising late into the night might seem like the only way you can get through your hefty to-do list, but you’ll find yourself feeling hazy and unfocused the next day. Stick to a regular schedule and switch off your lights at a reasonable time at night. Getting into a great sleeping pattern will help get your body get ready for those early morning exams and even boosts your mood, concentration, appetite, memory, and physical health.
Tip 8: Believe In Yourself
Last but very important, believe in yourself. You are more than capable, just make sure to look after your mental and physical health, structure your revision and do as much as you can whilst looking after yourself. Tell yourself you are capable and you will start to believe it. Your well-being is just as important as these exams. If you need help, ask for it, you will be surprised what the university or school can do for you. With these 8 tips, we guarantee that you can pass the exams with maximum success and end the semester with good grades.
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Good luck in the exams!