When it comes to studying for exams, we're used to asking for tips and advice – from parents, friends, maybe even strangers online. But you know what? Studying is not one-size-fits-all - it's down to personal preference, and someone else’s exam tips might not work for you. Here are a few exam tips you may not have tried on for size yet:
Flash those flashcards: Prior to taking an exam, write down everything you remember about the subject onto flashcards. How much you know and what you don’t might surprise you. Spot any gaps in your knowledge? Head back to the textbook for a refresher, then try those sections again.
Write down the formulas first: As soon as writing time commences in your exam, write down all the relevant formulas, equations or theories - they’ll be fresh in your memory and will give you something solid to work with later in the exam if you need.
Draw me a picture: Draw simple diagrams of your revision topics, as though you were explaining them to someone who has never studied the subject before. This breaks the topic down to its basic elements, gets you to summarise it, and stores the information visually - three paths to recalling the information in an exam.
Sleep on it: Sleep gives your brain a chance to process everything it has had to take in during the course of the day. If you don't get enough good quality sleep, you make it that much harder for your brain to store the information you'll need to recall during the exam, so no all-nighters, especially the night before the big day.
Colour me happy: Take your notes using colourful pens, and highlight using different colours. This will help your memory to associate that topic with those colours, and help you to visualise them during the exam. It also breaks up your revision into more manageable sections - it can be hard for your mind to concentrate on page after page of the same colour text.
Don't distract me: If you don't have the will power on your own, there are now blocker applications that will stop you checking out distracting sites when you're supposed to be studying. That hilarious cat video on YouTube will still be there when the exam's over - focus now, fun later.
Study to learn, not to pass: The exam is important, but it's more important to really learn this material so you can apply it in a real-world setting after graduation. You’ve chosen to do this course for a reason - remember the bigger picture here.
Study in a group: There’s nothing like teaching others to reinforce knowledge in your own head. Take turns presenting the information to the group – you may be surprised how different perspectives bring out revision areas you hadn’t considered.
Try these tips out - they may not fit everyone, but if they help you pass your exam, you're welcome!