9 Effective Exam Study Tips

6 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Enjoying your September holidays? We don’t want to be a downer but the last semester is coming and the dreaded year end exams are just around the corner! We feel you and we want to help you study efficiently. Check out these awesome study tips we gathered for you, start planning and you are on the right track to your As!

#1 Pick a place and a Time

Everyone has their ideal place and time to study. Whether it’s in the bedroom at night or the library after school, find a study space and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it.

  • Set up your study space – Your study space should be comfortable and distraction-free. It should make you feel motivated and inspired.
  • Know your productive period – Some people work better in the morning, while others work better at night. Don’t study way pass your usual bedtime – pushing yourself late at night can break your concentration.

#2 Study Every Day

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Now it might sound scary but if you study a little bit every day you’ll be continually reviewing things in your mind which helps in understanding the subject better. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming!

An hour or two everyday might be enough to stay on top of things. If you’re finding it hard to find time to study, you need to cut back on some of your other activities and plan your time efficiently. Which brings us to the next point..

#3 Plan Your Time

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It helps to have some plans in motion so that you can get rid of that heavy inertia and make the most of your study time.

  • Set alarms – Set alarms to remind yourself about your study plans. A regular reminder keeps your plans on track.
  • Use a wall planner – Stick a calendar or wall planner at a visible location and mark it up with important dates like exams and assignment due dates.
  • Make to-do lists – At the start of the week, make a list of the things that you need to have done by the end of the week. Make a to-do list for each study session as well, it’s very satisfying when you cross off the tasks at the end of the day.
  • Set time limits – If you don’t get something done in the set time for each subject, consider whether it’s the best use of your time to keep going with it, or to start working on something else.

#4 Discover Your Learning Style

Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to know your learning style and study in the ways you learn best.

  • Auditory learners learn by listening – If you’re an auditory learner you could try reading your notes aloud, have a discussion/reading group and record lectures to listen again later.
  • Visual learners learn by seeing – If you’re a visual learner you could use colours in your notes, draw flow charts or mind maps to help represent key points and use images for memorising.
  • Kinesthetic learners learn by doing – If you’re a kinesthetic learner you could use body movements or tapping to remember information and you can try pacing or moving around while reading to help with memorising.

#5 Review and Revise

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After every chapter, you should recap what you’ve studied in class. Thinking things over can help you to understand the concepts and help you recall them better.

  • Quiz yourself – Get a friend to quiz you on key concepts and offer to help your friends with their work too. Quizzes are great ways to find out what you know and what you still need to review.
  • Ten Year Series – They are our best friend back in school and they should be yours too. The TYS is great for revision because it makes you go through 10 years worth of exam questions!

#6 Take Breaks

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It’s important to take breaks while you’re studying, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated after working too long on a subject. Get away from your desk or study space and do a bit of physical activities like walking around the block or doing some sit ups. 

#7 Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers or lecturers about the things you don’t understand. Talk to your friends and have a discussion, it helps with clearing up the thoughts in your head.

#8 Stay Motivated

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When you’re studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course or career you’re working towards. Decorate your study space with inspirational quotes or photos of people you admire.

#9 Look After Yourself

You’ll study better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and physical exercise. Don’t reward yourself with too many sugary or fatty snacks. It’s also a good idea to make sure you drink lots of water when you’re studying.

So what are you waiting for? Picard is watching you.


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