Success Tips Before Exam
Create a good working environment:-
As painful as it might be to turn off the TV, it's important to have as few distractions as possible when revising. Find a quiet place to study, where there's as little background noise as possible and a good enough light for you to work in.
Your bedroom desk should work but if your house-mates insist on bringing the midday drinking games to your lounge, then head to the library. Yes, it's boring but come on, so is revision.
Make a revision timetable:-
Now that you've gagged your housemates/gone to the library, you'll be ready to devise a revision plan. Look at your exam timetable and prioritise your subjects in relation to their exam date and work through these topics chronologically.
It’s unlikely that you'll want to spend the same amount of time working on each subject so it might be worth going through your module outlines and seeing which topics are worth more credits, focusing on the areas that are likely to require more in-depth knowledge.
Similarly, if there are aspects of your course that you are unfamiliar with or struggle to understand, label them so that you know what you’ve got to spend more time going over. And if all that seems like too much hard work, log on to My Revision Plan for help on devising a personal schedule.
Revision timetable will make studying much easier:-
Once you've wasted enough time re-drafting, colour-scheming and laminating your timetable, it's time to actually do some work. Whether you prefer to draw spider diagrams, record yourself reciting your lecture notes, or create your own revision quiz with Get Revising , it really doesn't matter; the key is knowing exactly where to start.
Begin by picking out your first subject and dig out the syllabus you will have been given at the beginning of the module as this will outline what you should have learnt throughout the course. From there, go through your revision notes, ticking off which parts of the syllabus you have covered and which points you'll need to brush up on.
If you think you've missed something, don't feel any shame in asking one of your course mates. Two heads are better than one afterall, and the likelihood is, you'll be able to return the favour by helping them out with something.
Set yourself goals:-
Yes, revision might be dull. But as long as you plan ahead, you can always allow yourself some time off. Make sure you insert regular breaks into your timetable - that way, when you look up from your desk and see the day's schedule, you won't want to go and scream into your pillow.
Whether it's a 3 o'clock brew or an all-important Neighbours viewing, breaks are an important part of revision and ensure that you don't get too bogged down in exam stress.
Look after yourself:-
Revision breaks might help keep you sane, but drinking water and eating well will improve concentration, so make sure you ditch the late-night energy drinks and fast food, opting instead for an early night and plenty of 20 the night before an exam.
Whatever you do, don't listen to the mate that finds glee in shouting about having been up, revising all hours. They're probably lying. And if they're not, they'll be the ones nodding off in the exam hall.
We nabbed this one from the Scouts but it pretty much applies to anything - including getting ready for exams. Make sure you check what is required for the exam before you leave and take spare pens so there's no risk of running out of ink. And most importantly? Have a big breakfast. You don't want to hear your stomach rumbling for three hours - and nor does anybody else.