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Students! Conquer your exams with our top tips

12 Mar 2018

This piece is by Tyla-Mae Matthews, one of our Stagecoach Student Ambassadors. Find out more about our student ambassadors.

January and February have flown by (I’m pretty sure I was enjoying mince pies and mulled wine only yesterday) and now, it looks like it's March!

March is a great month - it’s the start of spring, and the month where ‘if pets had thumbs day’ occurs (it’s a real thing).

But, as us students know, it’s in March that we realise exams are fast approaching, and we begin to stress. After all, panic day takes place in March (which is also a real thing).

Not to worry though - here's a list of helpful tricks and tips to stay on top of your work, and ace those exams!

1. Start revising now


There’s no time like the present, so don't leave your work until the last minute! We've all been there, and know how overwhelming it can be. So, the best way to avoid this, is to get a good start on your work. Even if it's just making a plan, at least it's something - and it will make you feel like you've defeated procrastination, at least a little bit.

Start out by just doing a little bit each day - even if it's just 10 minutes on your way to class. If you can maintain streaks on Snapchat, you can do a bit of revision every day, too! Then, build up the amount of revision you do each day, so it doesn't feel as overwhelming as embarking on all your revision in one night would. Trust me, it will be worth it.

2. Find the best revision time for you


Do you work best in the morning, during the day, or are you a night owl? If you know which type of worker you are – that’s great! Don’t worry if it means you have to go to bed early to wake up early to revise. You’ve always got summer to have those nice lie-in days.

Then, once the revising gets serious, set a few hours aside to do some work during this allocated time, for a few days a week. You’ll be more productive if you’re in the right mindset and will get more work done (without taking up too much of your day).

3. Use past exam questions to help you out

This is probably one of the most effective ways to prepare for your exams – there’s a reason why teachers and tutors go on so much about it! You can get a better understanding of what examiners are looking for, and get an idea of what type of questions will be on the exam by using past exam questions.

Exam questions are also useful, as they help to track progress throughout your revision, and put your notes into practical use. So, you can see what your strengths are, and what you need to focus more on.

4. Sleep, sleep… and more sleep!


We all know that sleep is important, especially when it comes to exams. Sleep helps us to consolidate knowledge and improve our functioning in daily tasks – so you totally have an excuse to have a nap in the afternoon. I’m sure Einstein used to nap on the regular, right?

Eight hours sleep is recommended every night, so make sure that you’re getting these essential hours of slumber. You’ll be more alert, and won’t have to rely on 50 cups of coffee to get you through the day. So, really, sleep is power.

5. Work towards your goals


Working towards goals helps you to put everything into perspective, and gives you a clear idea of where you’re heading. Whether they’re small goals, or big goals, it’s important that you put them in place, so you have something to aim towards.

Making and using a revision plan is an easy way to visualise these goals, and see how many you have achieved, or have left. You can make one yourself, or use websites like Get Revising to help you construct your own plan.

6. Don’t push yourself too hard

Although exams are important, you should also remember not to get too carried away with work and revision. Always try to make time for yourself; whether this is meeting up with friends, spending a few hours baking, or taking a stroll in a peaceful area. It’s essential that you take time to de-stress and relax, so that you don’t become demotivated and you stay focused.

So, good luck for the exams and just remember that once they’re over, summer will be here! I, for one, am looking forward to some warm weather and blue skies.

Happy revising!

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