The Easter holidays are almost over which means exam season is nearly here. Although lots of students will feel a little worried during this time (which is perfectly normal), there are a few things you can do to help yourself revise and get exam ready.
Make some basic notes which include all of the important information and facts you need to know to get top marks in your exam. You could start off by simply jotting some notes down on a piece of paper when studying and then create either flash cards, mind maps, or your own revision guide. It's physically impossible to read a textbook, lecture slides, or listen to an audio tape and remember everything that's included, but as long as you know what the main facts are, you'll ace the exam.
Read aloud to yourself
We actually remember 50% of what we say, so if you've made revision notes, read them aloud to yourself and make sure you understand the information you're reading. You could try and memorise the information and practice reading it aloud without any notes; the more you read aloud, the more likely you are to remember the information.
Revise with others and test each other
Get your course mates together and have a revision session in the library or go to a friend's house and bring revision snacks. Revising with others is a good way to learn something that you might not already know and, if you're struggling with a particular topic or subject, you can ask your friends and help each other. Also, trying to explain a concept to someone else really helps you to see if you actually know your stuff. Just make sure you actually do some work and don't spend it discussing the latest TV series you've been watching.
Do mock tests
Practising mock tests will make you familiar with what to expect on the day of the real exam. If you can, try and complete the test in exam conditions, e.g set a timer and complete the test within the time limit, don't get distracted by going on your phone, and try to do it in complete silence. By doing mock tests, you'll get an idea of how you've performed and the things you need to improve on.
Use rhymes or songs to help remember information
Think about how many times you've heard Mr Brightside, Wonderwall, or Shake It Off (or any other song that you know the words to inside out) and how quickly you remembered the lyrics. It's fairly easy to remember song lyrics, so putting your revision notes into a rhyme or song can also help to digest those all important facts. Making your notes visually eye catching and coming up with mnemonics (look it up!) can also help with retaining information. Just make sure you don't burst into song in the middle of the exam!
Whilst studying for your exams, take good care of yourself and let someone know if you're struggling. The University's Student Wellbeing team offer a range of support for students around wellbeing and mental health.
The University's Skills Centre offers a range of resources and support to help you improve your academic study skills and get prepared for your exams, including 1:1 appointments, skills and development drop-ins, and webinars.
You can also contact our Student Advice Service if you're concerned about an academic issue and would like independent advice. Our friendly advisers are on hand to provide free, confidential, and independent support to all Hallam students.