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Time to grab your pens, papers and post-it notes, as exam season is upon us once more – which means it’s time to revise! While revising for your exams may seem like a daunting task, as long as you’re prepared there’s nothing to worry about. Here are our six ways to ensure you combat pre-exam stress and are prepared to ace those exams!

Plan Your Revision Schedule

It may seem like a good idea to load up on coffee and energy drinks, pull an all-nighter and cram as much knowledge as you possibly can – but this approach may not be your best route to exam success. Research shows that shorter 20-30 minute bursts of revision work better than long drawn out study sessions, because your concentration is much higher. If you’re working at a computer, make sure you also have screen breaks – at least five minutes away from your computer every hour.

Make Sure You’re in the Best Environment

Maybe you work best in your room – but if so you might want to work at your desk rather than on your bed. Even the most exciting of text books can send you to sleep if you’re revising on a comfy mattress! You need a place where you won’t be interrupted or distracted too much. Try to stick to your revision schedule as even the quietest places come with distractions. It’s all too easy to decide to quickly check your Facebook and end up spending an hour watching cat videos!

Include Some Exercise Alongside Your Revision

With upcoming exams looming over you it’s easy to worry that any time away from the books is a waste, but as we mentioned it’s important to have breaks. Furthermore, there’s plenty of practical ways you can prepare yourself for exams without post-it notes. Exercise is a great way of alleviating stress and tiredness in busy periods like exam season. So, don’t feel bad about putting your books to one side and going for a brisk jog or trip to the gym.

Practice, Practice and Practice Some More

You know the old phrase ‘practice makes perfect’? While you don’t need to put pressure on yourself to be ‘perfect’, practicing is a great way to get prepared and feel confident striding into your exam room. Why not get your hands on past papers and work through them with a friend? Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, for example ‘describe’, ‘explain’, ‘compare’, ‘contrast’, etc. as well as the time pressure. Ask your teachers/tutors for examples of past papers or Google and download them yourself.

Variety is the Spice of Life

Everyone has preferred ways of studying, but don’t think you have to stick rigidly to reviewing your past notes and digging through text books. Why not try studying through listening to podcasts or watching videos and documentaries? You could also try writing up interesting (and useful) facts and leaving them at strategic points around your house. It’s a great way to make information stick if you see it on your fridge every morning before you reach for the milk to pour over your Corn Flakes. Also, discuss facts and what you have revised with your friends and family. If you can explain a subject to someone else, then it means you know and understand that subject. Speaking facts out loud also helps reinforce them in your memory.

Don’t Panic!

Above all, don’t worry! While exams are important, they don’t have to dominate your life. People who manage to find the right balance between study and leisure are often the ones who get the top marks. For instance, go to the cinema with friends after a productive day of revision, or treat yourself to an ice cream in the park and try to switch off for a bit. This will help you to relax, making it much easier to face those dreaded exams this summer. Exams can seem like an incredibly stressful time, but as long as you’re prepared and give it the best you can, then there’s nothing to worry about.

So, good luck and happy revising!

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