It’s that time of year again, exam season is officially upon us! Above everything else, we know that this is an extremely stressful period for students, particularly if these are your final exams before you graduate. The pressure of ‘what to do next’ does nothing to help ease those exam worries!
Stay on top of things with our top 5 tips on preparing for your final exams:
DO choose your space. Make sure you choose an area to study that has as few distractions as possible. If you like to revise at home, ensure your desk is comfortable and tidy. A clean and tidy space will help you concentrate better, and study harder. If you prefer the library, or other university/public study space, think about other’s around you.
DON’T leave it too late. Last minute cramming never works, and only serves to stress you out even further, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to revise. We know it is hard to juggle all your deadlines with revision, particularly at this time of year, so sit down and make a revision timetable. Write down exactly when all of your exams are, and plan your study time around them.
DO stay rested. Take regular breaks, and make sure you are getting enough sleep. It is tempting to stay up all hours trying to get more and more done, but this will only make you more stressed, and is ultimately extremely unproductive. A rested brain is a smarter brain! Studies have shown that regular breaks are ideal for long-term retention of knowledge.
DON’T rely on one study method. Mix it up a bit. Write out your notes, annotate readings, take practice exam papers. Use colour, and images, and flow charts and diagrams. Keep your brain interested so that you can stay concentrated for longer. Bright colours and images have also been proven to be more memorable than sheets of solid text. Practising on old exam questions is one of the most effective ways to revise.
DO eat well. So called ‘brain foods’, such as oily fish, nuts, yoghurts, and blueberries have been scientifically proven to aid brain function. Try to stay away from sugar and salt laden junk foods, extremely tempting if you don’t have the time or energy to cook. The sugar rush may feel good at first, but you will only crash a couple of hours later. Similarly, keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. This is essential for keeping your brain working at its best.
UKEC are always here to provide advice and support for our students during exam time, and afterwards. Get in touch today if you have any questions or queries about studying in the UK.