After finishing my exams last weak, I realised that it’d be useful for me to share my best tips for performing as well as possible in exams. Although this is written with an emphasis on Uni exams more specifically, most of these tips will be useful to if you’re studying for your GCSEs and A-Levels too.
So today i’ll be sharing with you my top ten tips for performing to the best of your ability in exams:
- Preparation is key. I know this might seem pretty obvious but it’s soo true. In my experience, the greater the preparation, the better my marks.
- Attend as many lectures and seminars as possible. I say ‘as possible’ because I’m well aware that there are some mornings when getting out of bed is the last thing on your agenda. Whether that’s because you’re hungover or because Netflix is more appealing, that’s okay – just try not to make a habit out of it. Attending as many as possible is absolutely key to success. You’ll get far better and more comprehensive notes if you attend your classes, which in turn will make stating revision so much easier.
- Read the essential articles/do the homework set each week. When it comes to revision, if you’ve already done the reading and have the notes there ready to condense, you’ll be in a far better position and will be able to crack on with memorising the necessary information far more quickly. This will also allow you to dedicate more time to committing the information to your memory, and should therefore allow you to be as well prepared as possible for the exam.
- Good notes = good grades. I’d encourage you to type your notes up and make them as brief and easy to learn as possible. If you’re anything like me, making your revision notes pretty will also make learning them far more enjoyable.
- Create a Revision Timetable. For me, this is one of the most important points. Creating a timetable in which all topics can be effectively learnt is essential. It will provide structure to your learning as each day you’ll know what to cover and will put your mind at ease as you’ll know that all topics will be covered in time.
- Try to cover everything at least twice. When making your revision timetable, ensure that you cover every topic at least twice, this will mean that by the time of the exam you’ll know everything thoroughly. This will not only put your mind at ease, but will also solidify the information into your mind and enable you to formulate your answers during the exam efficiently.
- Do past papers. I know you’ve probably been told to do this since you can remember, but there is definitely good reason for this. I never used to do it, but now I do i’ve found that it gives a great idea about what will be expected of you during the exam and the sort of topics your tutor is most likely to focus on.
- Make sure you have a workspace that you love. Whether that means ensuring that your desk looks like something off of Pinterest, or just having a few of your favourite photos on the wall, it makes a huge difference. Also, tidy desk = tidy mind, i’d encourage you to keep all of your work and stationary organised. A comfortable chair is also a must as far as i’m concerned. In my experience you’re sooo much more likely to do more work if your workspace is lovely as well as comfortable.
- Eat well and take breaks. If there’s any point in your life when you can excuse yourself for eating excessive amounts, it’s exam period. It is essential that your body is kept nourished and hydrated. Also make sure you take short, frequent breaks at least every 1.5 hours.
- Prioritise. Although it is absolutely essential to give yourself at least one night off a week for going out for meals/meeting up with friends you must always prioritise your work. I know socialising is way more appealing, but even if it’s just for a couple of weeks it’ll be so much better for you in the long run.
That’s it, there you have it, my top ten tips for performing as well as possible in exams. I really hope these help you achieve your best. I know exams are tricky and can be truly terrifying, but if you remain focused, organised and happy, you’ll be sure to fulfil your potential.
Thank you for reading.
Love always, Naomi x