As you come to the end of your time in secondary school you may be coming to the point of exams for A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, or other school exams. It can be a very stressful time, so I spoke to some 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students to get their tips to be successful in your exams!
1. Plan ahead!
“Get organised early, so you know what you need to revise and this should reduce stress and mean that you don’t go over things you don’t need!” – Thomas Carr
“Revise strategically by examining past papers to determine which questions are likely to arise.” – Wiley Zhang
Try using a whiteboard to plan your weeks and study times, then you can clearly see when you have the free time to study and it’s easier to change that if you write it on paper and will be bigger to see in your room.
2. Eat well, but allow yourself to have treats!
“Eat well with a balanced diet, eat more fish than usual it helps with memory.” – Ashley Stoffel
Many people suggest that you have healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables and nuts to hand while you study, and this is a really good idea so you don’t have an excuse to procrastinate by getting up to get food. I would also suggest having a couple of non-healthy snacks like gummy bears or chocolate buttons for when you finish studying a section. For some subjects, ones that you find particularly hard or confusing, it can be helpful to have that little treat giving you the motivation to finish studying.
3. Take breaks, try and relax!
“Make sure to relax and not overstress yourself, sleep well.” – Ashley Stoffel
“Stay calm, confident and relaxed before and during exams. Feel free to freak out after.” – Wiley Zhang
The best way to study is to take a 10 minute break every 45 minutes to an hour, this gives you time to absorb the information and time to relax. It’s important to remember that the more stressed out you are while you’re studying the less likely the information is to go into your brain. And always make sure to have a good nights sleep before the exam, you don’t want to be falling asleep during it!
4. Don’t procrastinate
“Actually revise… you will regret it later” – Sian Walker
“Keep your phone out of sight because just seeing it on the side of your desk may end up in a distraction.” – Ashley Stoffel
Try turning off your wifi while your studying. If you’re studying from books and doing past papers, you don’t want to be distracted by Facebook. You could also let your friends and family know when you’re studying so they know during that time they shouldn’t bother you unless it’s an emergency.
5. Remember that studying is very personal
“Find what works best for you, and don’t worry if it’s different to what your friends are doing.” – Lou Docherty
Not every tip works for everyone. Studying for exams is a very personal thing, and if you have a way that works for you don’t change that just because someone else tells you it’s not the “correct” way to study.
Most of all, do your best and remember these exams don’t define the rest of your life!