Exams are coming! Exams are coming!! And there’s no getting away from them! So you might as well get some hacks under your belt to help you cope with them when they do finally arrive. So keep reading if you want to know some of the hacks I’ve learnt over the many years I’ve been sitting exams…
FIND A STUDY METHOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU
There are so many different methods out there for you to use. Try and find out what your learning style is and how best to revise for it and go from there if you’re new to the studying thing but remember – they’re not set in stone. I have different ways of learning because it depends on what I’m trying to learn.
So if your learning style says mind maps are the way forward, but they’re not working for you, try something else. If you’re a visual learner like me, I suggest making posters using different colours for different topics and sticking them EVERYWHERE. It might annoy others if you’re living with your parents, or in a shared house, but I’m sure they would understand if it’s for an important exam, so just explain to them!
DESIGN A STUDY SCHEDULE, AND STICK TO IT!
If you treat studying as though it were a work schedule, or school timetable, it becomes easier to stick to it and actually get some studying done because you’ve committed to doing it. Organise it so that you’re studying at your best time. When you’re more likely to do the work. Because if you’re not a morning person, and you schedule to study at 9am every morning – you’re not going to do it.
So work out when you’re at your most productive and make sure that’s when you’re studying! Don’t forget to schedule in some time for socialising though. Otherwise you’ll go stir crazy! I got this printable from Student Handouts, but The Organised Student has some great ones too in different styles!
SWITCH UP YOUR STUDY SPACE
While sticking to a schedule may be important, sticking to the same study space is not. If you’re constantly stuck at your desk you’re going to get bored. I like to change my location based on whatever I’m studying. So for one exam I’m revising for, I’ll sit at my desk, but for a different exam I’ll sit at the kitchen table.
Just make sure you stay away from your bed – it can be so tempting to get too comfortable, to snuggle in, then take a 5 minute nap, which turns into an hour nap, and then not get any work done at all! So keep the setting comfortable, but not too comfortable.
HAVE SNACKS AT THE READY
Having snacks while you study or revise is important to keep you energised and focused, and during exam time it’s so easy to go for food that is bad for you. JUNK FOOD STAY AWAY. Not only is it bad for your health in general, but junk food will make you feel sluggish and sleepy. Meaning you won’t want to do any work.
So try to keep some healthy snacks that you can go to when you need that boost. My favourites are Strawberries, Blueberries or Mixed Nuts. But check out this Buzzfeed post that has a bunch of healthy study snack recommendations!
LISTEN TO MUSIC WITH NO WORDS
This is one that I only started using in my last year, but it helps so much! I know a lot of people struggle to study or revise if they don’t have some kind of background noise, especially if you’re working in a library or other public space. But music that has lyrics can distract you because you’ll end up singing along rather than reading and taking in the information you’re trying to learn. So music without lyrics is your best bet!
My personal favourite is this Piano Collection of Disney Songs, and any other Disney fan will too! But any other classical/instrumental collection will work too.
ENGAGE THE OTHER SENSES
Try lighting a candle while you study. Having a subtle smell in the background will help with memory because when you remember the smell in the exam, it’s likely you’ll remember what you were studying.
Plus the candle light can have a calming effect on you, so it will help you keep those stress levels low. My favourite candle to light while I’m studying is Sunlight on Snow – it smells amaaaazing! Try to light something that isn’t too strong though, otherwise it could distract you a little too much.
Or you could try having something Peppermint scented, apparently it boosts oxygen to the brain! I tend to drink peppermint tea while I study and revise, and then in the exam I’ll have peppermint chewing gum – again the scent will help with recall!
STUDY WHEN YOU’RE NOT STUDYING
This is my favourite because it made such a difference on my grades. If you’re not on tumblr, get on tumblr and join the studyblr community. In short, it’s a great bunch of people who are committed to getting great grades. Sharing a variety of hints and tips like the ones in this post that can be helpful to you when you’re studying.
If you’re bored of studying or revising, check out the studyblr community, and you’ll feel motivated to get your geek on. And when you get there, give me a follow!
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