Students traditionally begin to panic about end of year exams at this time of the year. However, while some pressure is good, they can spend so much time panicking that they lose focus of the real task at hand: studying.
Students should avoid certain thoughts such as ‘I study better when I am under pressure’, and, ‘I prefer not having a plan’. They should avoid cramming and should, most certainly, have a basic plan in place. Students should take the following tips into consideration when starting their study.
Firstly, relax! Exam nerves are natural, however panicking will only make things worse and you will not be able to think clearly or concentrate properly.
Stay positive by believing in yourself.
Schedule a regular study timetable i.e. 9am to 5pm.
Plan time off. If you don’t do this, you will burn out before exams.
Review past exam papers and identify common themes.
Compile a number of essay style answers and revise on a continuous basis.
Drink water. If you get dehydrated, you may suffer from headaches, tiredness and poor concentration.
Study in a quiet place away from distractions.
After each exam, stay positive and plan for your next one.
If you remember these ten steps, you should be well on your way to achieving positive results. Best of luck!
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