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  • Elizabeth Osborn

Exam season tips and tricks

It’s that time of year where exam season is upon us and typically, we all tend to feel the pressure of having to revise a whole load of content before our exams. But don’t worry, I’m here to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learnt over the years that make revision that bit easier.

1. What Kind of Learner Are You?

In my opinion, this is probably one of the most important things to discover, in order to make your revision relevant to you. Your learning style indicates how you best receive and retain information, so by knowing this, you can tailor your revision and make it more effective. Do you prefer to practically do things? Are you a visual person? Do you process information as soon as you read it? These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself to help identify what kind of reader you are.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice!

I think this is a bit of an obvious one, but it’s still very relevant. When it comes to exams and revision, one of the most important things to do is practice past papers. By doing this you’re able to see if you can relevantly apply the information you’ve memorised. This will also help to perfect your exam technique, so that you are as prepared as possible for the real thing.

3. The Mark Scheme Is Your Best Friend

Following on from the last point, taking a look at mark schemes is essential. Mark schemes pretty much summarise what examiners are looking for, so this almost acts like a guide for how to approach questions. If you follow this guide, you’re bound to do well. Also, you may find useful tips in the mark scheme that your teacher/lecturer may not necessarily have mentioned.

4. Work Smart Not Hard

By this I mean that not EVERY bit of information provided by your teachers/lecturers is needed. So, if you’ve followed the tips above you should be able to identify what you REALLY need to know, which will save you so much time and help you to focus your energy as you’ll be able to focus on what matters. However, you do need to be smart about this; missing out entire chunks of your subject/module when revising in the hope that it won’t come up isn’t the best idea.

5. Just Relax

I know this seems like a bit of a weird one when the last thing you should be doing during exam season is relaxing but trust me it makes sense. If you’re constantly stressing over exams and you are overworking yourself, the chances of you actually retaining information are low. Whilst I’m not saying to completely relax, just remember to take breaks and give your brain the chance to breathe; you’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.

I hope these tips have been useful and good luck for the rest of exam season!


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