As promised in my previous post, here are some of my tips for studying in preparation for exams. Luckily this semester I will be avoiding the constant multi-tasking, use of brain power, and exhaustion that comes with preparing for multiple exams.
HOWEVER, when the time comes, I’ll be ready. The study method I have developed is one that works for me and although I sometimes do find myself procrastinating, I believe it has helped me become more effective and efficient with my use of time. Here are just a few tips I have incorporated into the way I study and I think may be useful to you!
1. Create a study timetable
This is the timetable I made for year twelve exams. I used this as a guideline for what I wanted to achieve on every day leading up to the exam.
Study timetables are useful because you’re able to look at it each night and know exactly what you have to do the next day, so you don’t waste any time getting started. On this timetable I specified exactly what type of study I wanted to do each day – whether it is reading over my notes, writing a practice essay, doing a practice exam or handing in my work to be marked by teachers.
By setting goals, I was able to stay motivated and felt inspired each time I crossed something off the ‘to-do’ list. Creating a study timetable is something I definitely recommend as a method for keeping focused on getting things done and achieving goals when studying.
2. Give yourself a break!
I believe it’s important not to spend every second of the day studying in the lead up to exams. Unless you are some kind of stress-free super-human, it is a huge amount of pressure to put on your body and mind. During exams, some people feel as though they can’t spend any time socialising or relaxing. In my opinion, this is wrong.
Although a large amount of time should be used to study, the remaining portion should be balanced between leisure and relaxation – as these are two key ways of reducing stress. Stress is often one of the biggest elements of the exam-period because everyone is on edge and feeling as though they aren’t ready. Studying is obviously essential in reducing stress because preparation can put the mind at ease, but allowing your body and mind to recuperate and relax is also extremely important.
3. Aim high
If you aim high and study efficiently – your results should be reflective of your hard work. Many people undersell themselves and I often hear fellow students or friends say “I’ll be happy as long as I pass.” There is nothing wrong with a pass mark, because hey, you pass the subject. However, I don’t believe one should settle for aiming for a pass mark. What if you get slightly under it? You’re in trouble. On the other hand, if you aim higher but don’t quite reach your goal, you’ve still passed and still gotten a great score! Aiming above and beyond “just a pass” will lead to you surprising yourself, being a lot happier and having more self-confidence.
Good luck (you don’t need it)