Taking exams is one of the most stressful things your child will do. It’s a difficult time for them. To make life a little easier, we’ve put together our top 10 tips, on how to make the most out of your study time. Help your teen with this easy and simple ideas.
Give yourself enough time to plan, prep and revise. Create a study schedule and stick to it. Give yourself breaks and make sure you don’t burn out. Aim for 20-60 min periods to study within. Create an exam schedule and plan your time around that. A timetable on the wall is a good place to check in each day and make sure you’re studying the right subjects just before your exam.
Organize your study space, be it your bedroom or dining table. Make sure you have enough room for your books, computer and notepad. A comfy chair is a must, as you’ll be sitting on it all day. Create an ambiance which is conducive to study. Play relaxing music, make sure your desk is tidy and keep anything distracting away from you.
Create notes using visual aids. Get your exam notes down to one page then try and put them into a diagram which may help you to remember them. Getting your ideas and notes down this way should make you remember them better.
This is a tried and tested way to get in some good practice. You’ll be able to see the format of question, the style and tone, and get a better idea as to what is required. It will also help you to plan your time better, so you know exactly how much time you have for each question.
Explain your answers to your friends and family. Do they make sense? If they make sense to them, it’s likely they will make sense to yourself and your examiner.
A study group is a great way to share what you’re learning and also tips and tricks on remembering everything. Mix up your study groups per subject so you’re getting ideas from a variety of different people.
Don’t sit at your desk all day cramming. It’s important to get up and stretch. Move around, take the dog for a walk, get some fresh air, it’s important you stand up and move regularly to keep you from getting stagnant. Getting your daily dose of vitamin D is vitally important.
Make sure your brain and body are getting the right foods. It’s important you’re eating nutritious and delicious meals. Good memory foods include; fish, nuts, yogurt, blueberries and seeds. Keep some mixed nuts on your desk and grab a handful when you need them.
Make sure you’re ready to go the day before not the day of. Take pens and pencils that work. Does your calculator have new batteries? Do you know where you’re going and how long it will take to get there? Make sure you get to your exam in good time so plan accordingly. You don’t want to be late!
Keeping hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps to maintain a healthy body and mind. Your brain needs to working at it’s best on exam day, so drink lots of water before hand and also on the day.
*Watch TV, play computer games, text, or do anything else that will distract you.
*Cram! Study in intervals.
*Study in the same place. Vary where you revise.
*Do an all nighter. You don’t want to be snoozing in the middle of your exam.