Exams can be stressful, at any age, for any subject. Many people think leaving school without sitting an exam is okay because they can work their way to the top, until they realise they are required to complete an exam for the skills they have learned on-site before progressing any further.
There’s no escaping exams. Tests are a part of life. However, stress does not need to be. Influx understands how much pressure can be placed on individuals to do well in exams. That is why we have created a list of tips to help you feel motivated, rather than burdened, by exams.
#1 Create A Revision Timetable For Your Study
In every list, this will always be number one. Having a time dedicated to studying is vital to ensure you actually get work done. This means finding a time where you don’t have an excuse i.e. I can’t study because I have to get ready for work. Allocate at least two hours a day to studying to ensure success. It is possible and you know it is worth it.
Building a revision planner helps you become more efficient in time management and shows you to be a focused individual.
Create a plan with this simple tool or use a Gantt Chart to detail your study timeline. Gantt Charts are often used by businesses to help increase production and are a great visual key to show how much progress you have made.
#2 Don’t Freak Out
Seriously, don’t freak out! Exams can seem daunting when people put pressure on you about your future. Look at it this way: you have been given months to research a topic and write about it your hearts content. Exams that don’t involve essays are even better – they are simply memory tests. So long as you remember the information, any analysis needed will flow with it. Knowing what you are doing is the first step to conquering exams.
#3 Study With Someone
Choosing to talk to your friends outside the exam hall is a key way to forget all that you know because everybody else’s nerves start to get to. However, that does not mean that you should hide away from people until the exam is over. Studying with a group of friends who are also studying for the same subject will help you. Not only will you be able to discuss any problems you are having, you will also create skills in team-work and patience.
#4 Take Regular Breaks
Taking regular breaks is very important when studying. For every two hours of studying, you should have 20 minutes of a break.
If you feel worried or panicked – and think that it simply can’t be done – simply take a step back. This is, of course, a metaphorical step. There’s no point in scheduling two hours of study to actually study for 15 minutes and then go do something else because you got stuck. Think positive thoughts and practising breathing techniques. This will help re-focus and calm your mind.
#5 Ask For Help
Asking for help can feel embarrassing – especially if teachers mock you for it. A lot of people have negative experiences when asking for help and so feel that they must do it all by themselves instead. Do not be afraid to ask for help! When it comes to discussing topics that require experience, there is only so much that Google can offer.
Who can you ask?
Don’t assume all teachers will think poorly of you for not knowing or remembering. Most enjoy getting asked questions as it’s a chance for them to share their knowledge. If that fails, asking friends and family is always an option. Don’t be afraid to ask us if you would like industry insight – Influx is always happy to help.
#6 Prepare The Night Before
Just as you were told to prepare your clothes for the next day, being prepared for your exam the night before is another key to success. Imagine your bag is taking part in the ‘What’s in my Bag?’ Challenge: does it have everything a blogger would tell you?
Essential items include:
- Pens (at least 3!)
You may also want to include notebooks, textbooks, literary texts (if needed for the exam) and revision notes. This is if you have time before the exam to study – but don’t rely on cramming!
Maintaining a good sleeping pattern helps keep you relaxed and able to focus when you start studying again. It also helps you get into a routine, which reflects well when it comes to work.
#8 Do Not Rush
Remember your questions as you write. As much as you remember the content, you have to make sure to write it in the angle the exam is requesting. This isn’t as stressful if you take the time to fully read the question and, if necessary, map out the answer before writing your answer.
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