Study Tips for Success

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Many exams involve writing or using a computer. Others may take the form of an oral test or a practical exercise to demonstrate skills learned.

Because the outcome of exams and tests are so important, it’s natural for a person to feel stressed in the run-up to the big day. The key to performing your best at this crucial time is to do everything you can to minimize this tension. The tips given in this article will help you perform the best you can in your exams.

Steps to Effective Revision Study

Steps Important to note
Distraction-free environment No TV or phone calls!
Prioritize your work Tackle most difficult task first
First read-through of material For general comprehension only
Second read-through Make notes of key points
Use your senses to help memory Listen to audio and DVD as well as reading text
Test yourself to rehearse for the exam This can be done with a study-buddy
Take short breaks during study periods Exercise or short naps can help refresh you
Continue to self-test periodically Helps to reinforce learning


Plan Your Revision and Look at Previous Exam and Test Papers

Making a revision timetable should not be a bigger project than the revision itself. Don’t be tempted to subdivide each hour into the minutiae of the subjects you need to study. Keep any study timetable as simple as possible.

Try and get some exam papers from previous years. These will give you an idea of the type of questions that are likely to appear in this year. Your school of college may be able to provide these. Alternatively, you can buy previous years’ papers direct from the examining boards.

Your teachers and lecturers may give some hints on the topics likely to be on the examination paper. However, their hints are based on guesswork and you should still make sure you cover the majority of the syllabus in your revision plans.

I recommend you read “Study Skills 365”. This handy book has 365 hints and tips to help you study more effectively. By learning one new study tip each day you can increase your exam skills in small, easy chunks. The tips are concise and witty. One of my favorites is quoted below.

The Right Time Can Make the Difference

“Are you a morning person? A night owl? Do you hit your stride around midday? Experiment studying at different times during the day and find out what time works best for you. By finding your ideal study time, you may end up working less with more reward.”

(Joshua Shifrin “Study Skills 365”)

How to Revise in Three Easy Steps

  1. The first time you revise your course texts and lecture notes you are reading to gain a broad understanding of the subject. At this stage it’s more important that you grasp overall concepts than to make revision notes.
  2. You will revisit the topic in a second reading. At this stage you should underline key phrases or jot down keywords as you go through your course notes. This active learning method will help you to understand and remember your subject in greater detail.
  3. The notes you make doing this will also act as an aide memoir (something that jogs your memory on key points) which can be referred to a few days before the exam.

How to Study Effectivel

Throughout your revision period if you eat healthily and exercise regularly it will help to reduce your stress levels. It’s tempting to think it doesn’t matter if you exist on junk food because you’re too busy to prepare real meals. But a good night’s sleep and a balanced diet can help improve your mental alertness and ability to study.

The day before you sit the exam you should make sure that you have eaten proper meals and have taken some exercise. This will help you to relax and achieve a good night’s sleep. Alcohol should be avoided the night before an exam as its effect is to dehydrate you. Drinking water during revision period and examinations is thought to improve a student’s academic performance.

The Day of the Exam

If you are studying at school, college or university, then your exam may be held in a room you’ve in before. However if you’ve been following a distance learning course then the location of the exam may be new to you.

Whatever your situation, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the test location. Think about how you’re getting there. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a traffic jam on your way to an exam. It’s a good idea to do a practice run a few days before the exam to see how long the journey will take you. On the actual day of the exam make sure you allow some extra time for the journey “just in case”.