Thursday, 22 May 2014

Exam Revision

With exams knocking on the doors of most students right now finding the right method to get all that info into your head is almost as stressful as the exams themselves.

The truth of the matter is that no one technique works for everyone, I remember as a child I would listen to music on my Walkman (remember those? - for our younger reader this was an ipod that played tape cassettes!) while studying. I would focus on the most important part of the subject - or at least that's what I told myself... and would try to understand and then memorise the work. Sometimes I would be so tired of studying that I would rather take a nap than study.

However, I found that the best way for me to study was to get the previous year’s test or exam papers and work through them. Then I used the memorandums as a feedback to see how much I knew of a subject. Doing these “practice tests” was like writing a “mock exam” as it prepared me for the types of questions I had to face on some of the most important days of my life. It gave me the self confidence because I knew the work and knew I would do good when writing the actual exam. This is the method I used during my school years as well as on university and at the end I wasn’t doing too bad at all.

My best friend was one of those 'learn it like a parrot' people, and although this worked for him, I could never manage to keep the volumes of info organised and readily available if I did this.

Today there is such a wealth of information available on the internet to students, it seems they face a different problem; that of information overload...

This is why ASP School Projects has painstakingly taken the time to help ”organise that information into relevant and up to date revision ”exercises and study guides” in the subjects students are busy with right now. Together with past “exam papers” this resource has become a winning “recipe” for many students.

Here is a few tips I found to help you during your revision and study time...

Leave plenty of time to revise so that you don't have to do last minute cramming. Giving yourself adequate time will help to boost your confidence and reduce any pre-exam stress as you know you have prepared well.
Develop a timetable so that you can track and monitor your progress. Make sure you allow time for fun and relaxation so that you avoid burning out, but avoid drugs and alcohol.
As soon as you notice your mind is losing concentration, take a short break. Make yourself a sandwich. You will then come back to your revision refreshed. Be careful that you don’t reward yourself during your break with five minutes of TV or checking the email. A few minutes can easily turn into an hour before you know it.
Experiment with several alternative revision techniques so that revision is more fun and your motivation to study is high. Try mind-mapping, use multi-coloured index cards, get yourself an assortment of highlighter pens.
Don't drink too much coffee, tea or fizzy drinks; the caffeine will 'hype' you and make your thinking less clear. Eat healthily and regularly; your brain will benefit from the nutrients. Don’t give in to a Saturday evening of binge drinking, either!
Regular moderate exercise will boost your energy, clear your mind and reduce feelings of stress. Try out some yoga, pilates, tai chi or relaxation techniques. They will help to keep you feeling calm and balanced, improve your concentration levels and help you to sleep better.

Good luck to all the students out there and remember being well prepared for something is 80% of the battle already won!