Hi everyone! These are my top 15 tips for the moment that all of your studying has been leading up to. I don’t mean to scare you if it starts sounding like a survival guide. Not everything is as bad as you think it will be. I hope these tips help you to get through exams and make the most out of all that you have learned.
1. If you plan to study some more on the morning of your exams.
Make sure that you have prepared straightforward notes to go over beforehand that won’t mess up your mind!
2. After you sit an exam.
Forget all about it. It is out of your control what happens next. Especially if you have another exam, move your mind onto that.
3. Don’t let worry make you competitive
This may start to happen when someone else leaves the exam early. We all watch them thinking “how are they done?, The exam only started half an hour ago! Is everyone else nearly finished aswell? I’ve got to speed up!”. Don’t let your exams atmosphere turn into a race. Take your time and you will thank yourself for it later. You are given over an hour to complete exams because thats what they require. There are many reasons why people leave exams early: they could be fast writers; they might not have studied at all; the couldn’t handle the pressure; they started to feel unwell (there’s always a flu going around when there is an exam 😂) and so on. All of these reasons have nothing to do with you when they leave so don’t let it distract you.
4. Remember to leave space on your exam
so that you can go back and fill in anything that comes to your mind later on.
5. Don’t let worry eat you up.
I can honestly say that you will be too busy writing during the exam to worry so don’t be upset with yourself beforehand. I remember wondering why I wasn’t stressed/worried when my exams came around (I was worried because I thought it was strange that I wasn’t worrying😂) isn’t there always something to worry about though? I couldn’t tell whether it was because I was confident or if I had given up hope, so I just ignored it and the exams went smoothly regardless (just like yours will!)
6. Don’t go into the exam asking yourself “why do I have to do this?”
Other than to show off your serious smarts! Exams are there for you to prove that you bothered studying when some did the complete opposite. Be proud of your knowledge! Even if you think it is non-existent, it is for those who don’t try at all.
7. Don’t plan on doing large bouts of studying after the exam
That’s if you have another exam the same/next day. As it’s more than likely your neck will be killing you from leaning over your exam sheet. My longest exam was my English paper 2 that went on for over two and a half hours (no joke!) I had to keep stretching my neck and ended up thinking I’d ruined the end because all I could think of was the pain.
8. Focus on what you are writing and not on what everyone else is writing.
If you think someone else is doing better than you it’s only because they are using up the time you are spending thinking about what they are doing ( do you get what I mean 😂🤔)
9. Write down whatever you can think of when you are stuck.
That’s what spare paper is for right? Even if you end up with a long description it’s okay as long as you get your point across and answer the question/show you understand. It’s far better than not writing anything at all.
10. Remember to label and write neatly.
Otherwise the examiner will not understand and you will lose marks.
11. Read through the paper before you start.
If you don’t, you will feel overwhelmed because you won’t know what’s coming. Do all of the easy questions first, then do the ones you understand and then you will have more time to tackle the difficult ones!
12. Before you go into the exam
have a clear understanding of how much time you will dedicate to each question. Previous exam papers usually give you pointers for this.
13. Get in a good night’s sleep the night before an exam.
You don’t want to not feel like getting up for more reason than one! 😂 Have a banana (I don’t know why but they get you off to sleep in the end!)
14. Don’t give up hope.
You know allot more than you think you do! My quote that got me through was “if you worry, it shows you care and if you care you will work hard to achieve your dreams!!”
15. Keep calm and remember there are ways around everything!
There really is! And they are there for a reason so don’t be afraid or ashamed to use them.
Best of luck! Thank you for reading!
Take a look at My top 10 super study tips for more help 😉💗