Last Minute Study Tips! How To Ace Your Finals!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

I'm sure for many of you that exam season is in full swing! I had my last ever timetabled day of lessons for good in college on Friday which is a little bit surreal, these past two years have honestly flown by! It's crazy to think that I'll be starting the next chapter in my life and beginning university in September but before I can let that sink in, I have the last of my A-Level exams that I need to pass. Seeing as I'm now on study leave for my finals, I thought I would share with you my top study tips and how to achieve the best you can in your exams.

1. Create a schedule
Recently, each Sunday I have taken the time out to plan a schedule of what I can actually do each week. Planning really helps me make the most of my revision, I am able to organise how long I can revise for and when and on which topics. If left to my own devices I would most likely lie in, procrastinate and end up with completely no revision. If it's in writing then I feel more committed to get it done.

2. Figure out what YOUR revision techniques are
We cannot all revise in the same way, so we have to figure out what works best for us. Weirdly enough, I like a mixture of most things. I cannot revise without music in the background, if I'm in silence I tend to zone out very easily whereas silence works for other people so it completely depends on what suits you. Although I recommend the music being at a low volume otherwise you might begin to sing along haha! 

3. Re-visit what you have already learnt
It sounds tedious, I know but you can't just learn something once and expect your brain to know it and completely understand it. In an exam you have no choice as to what will come up on the paper and so you have to learn everything to the best of your ability, the only way to do this is to cover each topic as many times as you possibly can. Learn something until it's impossible to forget it.

4. Revision Apps
Recently, Aspyn Ovard posted a revision tips video to her YouTube and she discussed an app called 'Quizlet' which I am so thankful for. Flashcards are my best friend when it comes to revision and this app allows you to create them and store them into sets. It's so much quicker than writing them out by hand and there's also an audio option where a lady reads out the questions and answers, to me hearing something said aloud really helps for it to stick in my memory much more.

5. Research research research!
We are born into the 21st century. Living in a global society characterised by the internet, we may as well use that to our advantage. You can find past papers, mark schemes, videos and thousands upon thousands of websites with feeds, contextual information. It's like an online library right at our fingertips. One of my favourite things to do is practice a past paper in timed conditions, as if it were the real exam as this helps to practice both technique and timing. I then ask my subject teacher to mark it as they can give you useful advice in how to improve for your exam. You can also compare your results to see where you have a tendency to make errors and concentrate more on this section.

6. Routine
Try to keep yourself in a set routine. Your body needs plenty of sleep, particularly on the night before your exam. During study leave try and plan to go to sleep at the same time each night as far as possible and wake up at the same time each morning in order to make the most out of each day. I like to wake up at 8am and begin my revision at 9am. This gives me the whole day to revise as much as I possibly can and at a leisurely pace, rather than waking up around 11 and feeling as though half my day has been wasted before I even get round to revising.

7. Eat clean, train mean!
As they say you are what you eat, and nobody likes feeling stodgy when they're revising. Revision causes stress enough as it is, my skin is breaking out like crazy at the moment and so eating bad on top of that will not benefit me health wise. The stronger your body and immune system are, the stronger you shall feel and therefore the stronger your mind and brain will feel. Allowing you to perform better for your exam and assumably revise a lot better in the long run too! Although, dark chocolate is supposed to be good for revision so I don't mind if I do..

8. Treat yourself
This can act as a great reward system and will encourage you to complete your revision if you know you have something to look forward to afterwards. This doesn't have to necessary mean go out and splurge on a load of make-up, even just organising a couple of hours at the end of the week to pamper yourself with a nice bath and spa session just to wind down will be a great way to relax and relieve the stress of exams. 

9. Have a positive mind
I'll be honest, this is quite contradictory coming from someone like me. I am the world's biggest worrier when it comes to exams, I do pile a lot of pressure on myself to do well. My biggest fear is failure. I find that reading positive quotes or sitting in a positive workspace really helps to make me feel inspired and much more  motivated to work. As comfortable as our bedrooms are they are filled with distraction and a bed which just has procrastination written all over it. An active workspace calls for an active mind.

10. Active reminders
Place active reminders of key important things you need to remember on sticky notes/post it notes and place them on your fridge, your TV, your bedroom door and seeing these around the house are a great way to instil short bursts of revision at the last minute. This is a great technique for the visual learners. 

11. And lastly, breathe..
All you can do is your best, so just enter that exam room with a smile on your face and what will be will be.

I hope this post helped at least one of you out whether you are going through your GCSE's, A-Levels or even University finals. Let me know the subjects you study down below, I'd love to see the range of interests from my readers! I currently do English Language&Literature, Photography and Sociology. 

I wish you all the very best of luck! Until next time lovelies,

How do you like to revise?
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  1. fantastic tips! this will definitely help people

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  2. Thanks lovely, I hope they do! x

  3. Emma Waller (Emmajane01)May 19, 2015 at 3:30 AM

    Great tips for anyone needing extra help and advice!

  4. Very useful tips,thank you for sharing <3

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  5. No problem, I hope they helped! x

  6. This is a lovely post with great tips. I wish you the best of luck!

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  7. Thank you very much, I have 3 weeks until my exams so hopefully I feel a bit more confident by then!!


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