Successful exam preparation tips
Exams are stressful for everyone. Even the most academically minded of students can become nervous and anxious at the thought of having to take exams. But rest assured, there is a range of strategies you can put in place to help get you through and get the results you want!
We have some tips for you whether you are taking the HSC, Selective, OC, NAPLAN or any other academic exams.
Make a realistic plan
Before you start anything, make sure you have a plan. Write down a list of the subjects and the areas that require specific revision, the number of hours you wish to spend on each of those areas and what your examination prep goals are. A study plan will help you to provide some order to your work and give you a sense of control, especially when you are stressed!
Study with peers
Studying with peers in the right circumstances can be so beneficial. Not just to help calm any feelings of isolation and stress that come with studying, but also to motivate you and give you a fresh perspective on what you are learning. Your friends may also have answers to some of your burning questions and you may have the answers to some of theirs. Working together is always more fun than doing it on your own.
Ask for help
Sometimes no matter how many times you try to solve a problem or comprehend a text, it just won’t sink in. This is when it is time to ask for help. Whether it’s seeking the help of your teacher or a friend or seeking out the services of a tutoring centre, it’s always important to ask for help when you need it.
Schedule in some down time
When you are the midst of exam preparation, remember it’s important to also give yourself some time away from your school books. Just as our bodies need a rest, our brains do too, and taking that time will actually aid your performance in long run. So when planning your study sessions, pencil in some time to meditate or just spend some time in the fresh air. Downtime will do you the world of good!
Look after your body as well as your mind
Lastly, it is so important to give your body the nourishment and movement it needs, especially during stressful study periods. Eating healthy and nutritious meals regularly and drinking plenty of water will maintain your energy, mood and sleep. Exercise, whether it’s a relaxing walk or a boxing class, will make sure your brain is firing on all cylinders and give you the energy you need to get through your exams.