Can these study tips really make exams stress free? Lets face it: exam season is the most dreaded part of the school year for all learners and for good reason. The whole studying process before the exams gets incredibly overwhelming. It’s a race against time to make sure you have covered all the work that you need to know. On top of that, it can be tiring and boring sitting down and revising work for hours on end.
With tests and exams right around the corner, it can be a stressful time for parents and children alike. The pressure of passing and wanting to do well can really get to us students but there are ways to alleviate some of the stress that we face. Here are some study tips and tricks that can help you get the marks you aim for.
1. Ask your teacher questions
Good studying starts in class. Whenever you don’t understand a topic ask your teacher to re-explain the topic. Ask questions to anything that you don’t understand. Remember that even if you think the question is dumb, It probably isn’t and there may be somebody else that wanted to ask the same question
2. Space out your studying and make a schedule
If you space out your studying and make a schedule, you ensure that you have enough time to fully understand the subject matter. You will therefore be able to have time to ask question, go over what you don’t know as well as make time for fun.
3. Make use of flashcards
Flashcards are a great way of studying. On one side they have a question and on the other side they have the answer. By regularly testing yourself with flashcards, you are constantly doing active recall thereby making it easier to remember information when it comes to the actual test.
4. Don’t study for hours on end
When studying it is important to take breaks. I recommend using the Pomodoro Method which involves studying for 25 minutes then taking a 5 minute break. If you study for too long, you will not grasp all the information. When it comes to the crunch I label my breaks: breakfast, shower, feed the cat, power nap, chocolate, look up and smile, and so on. This helps me get through my work while also doing what I need to do.
5. Teach someone your work
Teaching and explaining our work can really be a useful way of remembering information. By explaining the topic, you recognise what you understand and what you need to revise over. You may want to form a study group so each of you can teach a section of the work, or simply help a classmate or friend during break one day: this will benefit both of you.
6. Come up with silly ways of remembering information
One of the most popular study tips that still works wonders! Make mnemonics, songs, poems, or anything else that’ll help you remember even if it seems dumb and wild. Our brains generally remember information that stand out so get creative.
7. Make use of studying apps and YouTube videos
There are plenty of apps that assist with studying. Some read out notes, others provide quizzes. To even better understand a topic, you can watch educational YouTube videos pertaining to the topic that you are studying.
These study tips are the secrets to my stress free exams – and have definitely proven successful. Try them, use them and most of all have fun while you go out and conquer!
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