How to: Study for exams the right way

It is so hard to keep up with everything sometimes, and during the exam time, many people have a lot of things to do and a lot of subjects to study for, in a short amount of time. It can be a very stressful time. But it doesn’t have to be! Here is what I do during exams, to keep me calm, and still get those good marks!

  1. Make notes before exam season

I find that so many people only make their notes when exams are already right around the corner! For many people, making notes help them to study. But I promise you, life would be so much easier if you made notes on the topic, when you are first given that stack of worksheets from the teacher. Make your notes that day, and find yourself not having to stress about that when the test/ exam is coming up. You therefore have more time to concentrate on actually getting the information in your head!

2. Start studying 4 weeks before the exams

It is no fun cramming information in your head the night before an exam. Well, this way, you don’t have to! If you start studying, section by section, a while before the exams, when the time comes to go over everything again, your brain will remember it easier the second time because it’s information you’ve already learnt!

3. Study your hardest subject first

There are some subjects that I find so difficult, and others that I find easy to learn. Study those hard and large subjects first so that you don’t have the stress of understanding a concept the night before. These hard subjects are also the subjects that you need to spend more time on. So start on that first!

4. Sleep

You are just not going to do as well in an exam or test if you haven’t slept the night before, and if you have stayed up the whole night before studying. You need to be fully awake and rested in order to concentrate, and apply all the information you’ve learnt to the best of your abilities. If you are tired, you will probably make more mistakes and forget things that you’ve learnt.

5. Take a break

Don’t spend your entire time cooped up in your room studying. Take a break! Go for a run, meditate, exercise. Most importantly, get some fresh air! You will take more information in if you give yourself breaks in between studying and if you take some time to get fresh air and to exercise. Don’t forget to care about yourself.

The most important thing to remember during this period is to relax. Don’t let the people around you stress you out. If you know you have got everything organised, and that you are studying efficiently, then don’t let the stress bunnies, and the people that haven’t slept at all and that are spending more time at their desks than you, stress you out. You’ve got this!

I hope you find this helpful for your next test or exam.

Ro xox



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