Unbelievably, it’s already September and the end of the year is only a couple of months away. Right now you have a choice:
- Forget about studying now and end up cramming at the last minute, surviving on Red Bull and coffee; or
- Get a head start and cruise through exam season with a cool head and a good night’s sleep under your belt each time you hit that exam room.
If you choose (1), by all means keep partying the night away. If you choose (2) though, read on for some tips on how to dominate in the exam room.
It’s all in the planning
Divide up all the work you need to study into the time you have available, and draw up a schedule where you tackle a piece each day. Then stick to it!
Use your best time of day
Some people are most focussed first thing in the morning and some do better later in the day or at night. Work out your optimum time to study and then schedule everything else around that. Read about how to do that here.
Find a method that works for you
Some people need to hear information to remember it. If that’s you, try reading your work out loud or recording it in your own voice, then playing it back while you’re doing something else mindless, like ironing, exercising or cooking. Others retain information by writing it out, in which case lists may work for you. Many people also benefit by putting information into picture format, which activates both the right and left sides of the brain – it’s a 2 for 1! Try mind-mapping your work and you’ll be amazed what you remember.
Many people find it really helps to work with a study buddy or two. Set up a regular time, even once a week, when you get together to check your understanding and take turns to share what you’ve been working on. Teaching someone else is one of the very best ways to learn.
If you follow your plan and do it well, all you’ll need to do before the exam is some revision to remind yourself of what you already know. Then get into that exam room and crush it!