Wednesday, 2 April 2014

6 tips on efficient studying for end of year exams

6 tips on efficient studying for end of year exams // hannahemilylane.com
So I'm coming up for my first year end of year exams, and though these marks don't count towards my final grade, I still want to do the best I can! I've been revising for the past 3 or so weeks now, and before that I was studying too, but mostly focusing on getting essays and assignments done and dusted. These are a few tips I've picked up over the years of sitting exams and I hope they might come in handy for other people:


6 tips on efficient studying for end of year exams // hannahemilylane.com


Know what to expect 

This may seem obvious, but it needs to be done to ensure good grades. You may know everything on the syllabus inside out but if you don't know what to do with this knowledge in the exam then you're hurting your chances at perfect grades. Practice past papers.  Multiple times. If you know what to expect on your exams, then you know how to focus your revision. 


Have good notes 

This really needs to be more of an ongoing thing, but having organised and complete notes is super important for revision. I tend to have really messy notes from lectures and seminars where I've just scribbled away to try and get everything down, I will then type these up later and look up any concepts/terms that I don't understand. I also do some extra reading on these topics and will make additional notes to add to the neater notes. 


Start early 

Even if its just doing a little bit, start as early as you can before end of year exams and it will help to significantly reduce your stress levels. I usually ease my self in slowly with revision, but a long time before the exam date. Cramming the whole course the week before the exam will only stress you out!


Start with your last exam first 

At first this might seem strange, but its actually the best tip I've heard. Usually by the time you get to your last exam you are so done with studying and motivation is lacking, therefore revising for your last exam first helps to combat this. Then work backwards until you end up studying for your first exam last - just before the exam! It will be fresh in your mind, and motivation won't be lacking because your exams are yet to start. This way it will ensure everything has been covered. 


Take regular breaks 

I'm sure you don't need to be told this, but take a break of 10 minutes or so at least every hour. Focus significantly drops after this time, so remove yourself from your work and then return with a slighter fresher mind. Also do something productive during your breaks such as tidying your room or exercising or running an errand. 


Turn off those distractions 

Just do it. Turn off your phone. Use apps to block distracting websites such as social media. Don't waste your time by not fully focusing on your work, just get on with it!

If you're looking for more tips, I have a board on pinterest dedicated to studying, which contains tips, advice and motivation -> click here. Do you have any tips or revision methods that work well for you? Good luck to everyone with upcoming exams!

Hannah x

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