Get ready for exams with these top study tips

It’s exam time! Take a look at some tips below to help you make the most of your study time. You’ve got this. 

1. Organise your study space
Make sure you have a comfortable chair, good lighting and a desk free of distraction. Seems simple, but can make such a difference. 

2. Use a study timetable
Work out how much time you’ll spend studying for each exam. Keep a to-do list of the different tasks you need to do each day – such as different textbook chapters to read and take notes on.

3. Figure out your study style
If you’re a visual learner then things like diagrams, mindmaps, colour coded notes and flashcards may be good learning tools for you.

If you’re a verbal learner you could read your notes out loud, talk to others about what you’ve learnt, listen to voice recordings of your notes and use tools like acronyms or rhymes.

4. Get a study group together
Form a study group so you can revise with others. Try question and answer sessions.

5. Go through your notes
Gather your lecture notes and decide what the most important areas of focus are. Review your notes by reading actively – concentrate on what you are reading. Condense your notes and underline/highlight key terms.

6. Make the most of your resources
Use past exam papers for practice. You can get these from the library, or through your lecturer. These allow you to see what questions are typically asked and what is expected of you.

7. Give yourself a break
Study getting a bit intense? Take regular breaks, get some exercise, eat well and make sure you get some sleep. Research suggests if you keep moving and eating well you will find it easier to concentrate and retain information, so it’s definitely worth making time to take a break.

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