End-of-year exams are a big deal, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. By putting these 7 tried and tested tips into action, you’ll nail your exam preparation and get those stress levels under control.
Organise your study space
A good study space boosts productivity and assists with motivation. Choose one that you associate with learning so that you can get in the study zone more quickly. Remove clutter and distractions to improve your focus and only have what you need on hand. Make sure you’re comfortable in your study space, as you’ll be spending quite a bit of time there.
Practice old exams
No matter what subjects you’re studying, there are past exams you can access to practice. These will give you a clear idea of the format of the exam, how long the paper is likely to take you and how to best use your time to answer every question. You can find HSC past papers here and VCE past papers here.
Explain the topic to someone else
A great way to test your understanding of a topic is to explain it to someone else. This useful revision technique will also test any remaining gaps in your knowledge.
Look at your diet
Even if it’s not an everyday thing for you, make breakfast a priority during your exam prep time, and on exam days. What you eat leading up to an exam matters too. A balanced diet including fruit and vegetables helps you maintain focus and attention. Snack regularly on nuts, yoghurt and fruit to keep your energy levels up.
Plan your time
To make sure you’re spending your time on the stuff that’s really important in such a big year, you need to know key dates and what’s taking up your time.
- Make a weekly schedule.
Be as detailed as you can and make every hour count. Schedule in the hours that you’re at school, extra-curricular activities and part-time work as well as your study time and downtime. You need to maintain a life, too.
You will always have conflicting interests. Learn to prioritise your tasks so that you can focus on your most essential tasks immediately and leave the less important ones for another time.
- Become a list-maker
Making a to-do list at night lets you reflect on what you’ve accomplished during the day and what to focus on tomorrow. To-do lists are a great way to motivate yourself.
Take a break
When you need new information to sink in, don’t skimp on taking breaks. Make sure you schedule in some time away from your desk to let it digest.
Know the syllabus
Each subject has a detailed syllabus which is the best guide for both study and exams. Bear in mind that textbooks do not always present the information in the same way as the syllabus.
Now that you’re armed with all the tips and tricks you’ll need, good luck with your exams.