It is coming
to the business end of the school and university year, with a number of
students soon beginning exams and completing their final assessments.
Preparing for your exams is absolutely key and will
allow you to go into them as comfortably and confidently as possible. Give yourself the best chance of being successful by
following our top 10 study tips below:
1) Get in
Early/Make a plan: Set up a timetable for your study
that allows you to balance your training commitments and study commitments. Write
down exactly when your exams are and organize your study around these exams.
You may want to focus a little more on particular exams, so create a plan that you
will feel comfortable with. Then follow the plan!
2) Create an
environment that suits you: A non-negotiable is creating an
environment that will allow you to learn best. Make sure you have enough room
to spread your textbooks and notes out.
Are you comfortable? Do you have enough light? It is important you
remove yourself from any distractions and set your desk up in a way that suits
you. Some students like things spread out on the desk, while others will need
things neat and tidy. Create an environment that will allow you to get the best
results in your revision process.
3) Know how
you learn best and work with that: It is important you know what
will work for you best when it comes to study. If you are an auditory learner
perhaps you should record your notes and listen back? Visual learner: Create
mind maps, flowcharts, stick your notes on the wall. Grab a study partner if
that works for you or meet up with a group. Create your study notes in an
organized and structured way. Some will listen to music lightly in the
background whilst studying, others will need complete silence. Know yourself
when it comes to study and work with that.
what you don’t know and chunk your material: It is
obviously really important to review the content you are unsure of. Break down
the larger subject matter into sections that you can manage. Self-test your
knowledge so you can readily identify what you need to revise and try
explaining your answers to others to deepen your understanding.
past papers (some under test conditions): Practicing
past papers is one of the most effective ways to prepare for exams. It will
help you get used to the format of certain questions, how to structure your
answers and of course, time yourself to ensure you spend the right amount of
time on each question. It is very important to attempt at least a few past
exams under the same conditions you will be under in the real thing. Rely only on
the required materials and don’t refer to your notes, complete it in the
allocated time and remove all distractions. Mark the exam afterwards (or get
someone to mark it for you) and reflect upon the areas you require further
6) Never be
afraid to ask for help: Don’t be afraid to make appointments
with your tutors/lecturers or teachers to get assistance with any content you
are unsure of. Ask them to mark past papers. All they can do is say no, but at least
you asked! As always, your WAIS Personal Excellence Advisor is always willing
regular breaks: You may think you need to study 24/7, but this
can be counter-productive. Taking regular breaks will actually allow you to
retain your knowledge better. Develop a study routine that works for you. Don’t
feel guilty about taking breaks. Get outside and get some fresh air.
yourself: After longer study sessions, reward yourself with
something to refresh the mind. Watch an episode of your favorite TV show, take
the dog for a walk, or anything you enjoy doing. Just make sure you stick to
your study plan.
healthy: Getting the right amount of sleep, sticking to your
healthy diet and drinking lots of water are extremely important steps to keep
your brain working best. Don’t go away from your routine. You can’t reach your
best without staying healthy.
10) Have a
plan for exam day: Make sure you have everything
prepared well in advance on exam day. Have all your materials ready, know where
you need to go and plan your journey. Plan to arrive in enough time to make you
feel comfortable. You don’t want to be running to your exam and feeling
frazzled on account of being unprepared.
If you follow the above preparation tips you will give
yourself the best possible chance for success in your exams. They will also
help you to manage your stress. Remember, you’ve got this!
always WAIS athletes, if you want help creating a study plan or need any
assistance with your exam prep, get in touch with your friendly and supportive
WAIS PE Advisor to set up a meeting.