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Revision Techniques: The Secret to Exam Success

For a generation who updates their Facebook statuses every minute, it seems that preparing for exams has always been a pain. The question remains for many students, what are the techniques for exam success? As per Ed Coke, 31 year old “ memory champion” says that the key to exam success is to learn and revise in short bursts, testing yourself in intervals and taking breaks when you are revising.

Below are some revision techniques that can be followed during your exams preparation:

1-       Make notes of what is taught in class

To save yourself from cramming at the last minute, make sure you make notes of the lectures that your teacher has taught you in class. It is generally a good idea to make notes the very same day. This way you do not have to make notes when your exams are near, and all you will have to do is revise the concepts taught in class.

2-      Use flash cards

Using flash cards can really help you remember things. Note down pointers, which can help you for your exams.

3-       Do it in small chunks

Even for your exams, do not “overstress” yourself; revising in small chunks is usually a good idea. If you revise for 5-6 hours straight, you will end up muddling all the concepts for all subjects that you have been revising for.

 

4-      Write everything that you have learned so far

When you are revising for your exams, once you have revised for this topic, it is usually a good idea to write down everything that you know of the topic. In this way, you would know how much you know and how much more you have to prepare for.

 

5-     Relax!

On the day of your exam, take a deep breath and answer all the questions!

Tips on how to study for your exam!

 Stressed with exams? Frustrated about deadlines that have to be met soon? Give yourself enough chance to prepare for your upcoming exams. However, if you feel that you cannot study and need help, follow these useful tips by Paperomatic:

  • Give yourself enough time to study

Don’t leave you preparations till the last minute.  This might be dangerous, as you will panic and will not be able to focus on anything. Cramming is a risk that students take during their academic career. Set out a timetable and strictly follow the timetable that you have set for yourself. Plan out when you will study for which subject. Write down how many exams you have and the days you have to appear for your exams.  This will help you Organize  yourself, resulting in you focusing more on your studies.  

  • THE Study Space

Make sure that you have enough study space for you to spread out your text books. Ensure that you are comfortable enough.  Once everything is set, dig deep in your books and start studying! When studying, switch off your mobile phone so that you can concentrate on preparing for your exams.

  • Use Visuals

 To make sure you remember everything for your exams, visual aids can be very helpful when revising. Read once through your chapter, and challenge yourself and jot down everything you know about that chapter. Closer to the exams, condense your revision notes to one page diagrams. Paste your notes in your room in the form of stick ons.

  • Past Exam Papers

 To get an idea of what your exam would be like, practice on the past exam papers from the previous years.  This helps you get used to the format of exam that you will appear for- Time yourself and spend the right amount of time on each section.

  • Verbal Tests

Ask your mother, father or anyone in the family to test you. This will help you analyze how much you know, and how much preparation is left. Verbally testing yourself will help clear your concepts, where you can highlight areas that need more work.

Tips to Manage Stressful Situations

It might come to you as a surprise that the inception of biological stress is a recent discovery. It was in the late 1950’s, that Hans Seyele, an endocrinologist identified and documented how and why stress is caused. However, stress isn’t something that cannot be worked around. Dealing with the problem in an optimistic way, usually helps in relieving stress. To overcome stress has become easy, if you follow the ten simple steps, I hope

  • Organize your Life

If you feel if your life is out of place, start putting your “scattered” life in to place. Organizing your life offers a sense of peace to your mind. Get to the root of the problem, tackle each problem step by step and get rid of the problem. Remember; always have a very positive approach while you are dealing with your problems.

  • Massage

Everybody loves a massage right?! But did you know that a message is usually a stress reliver. It benefits you in many ways such as improving your health and giving you the ability to tackle your problems in a calm way!

  • Mediation

If you are stressed, meditation is the key! Mediating for 15-50 minutes every day will make you a calm person, giving you peace of mind. Just give yourself some silent time to let your thought run free where you can think of ways on how to deal with your problems!

  • Listen to Music

If the situation for you has become over whelming, take a break and give some time to yourself. Listen to music of your choice, and once you have calm down, think how you can deal with the situation that you are faced with.

  • Call a friend

If you need a break, and you feel that your point is not getting across to any one, or you do not know how to deal with your problem It is always a good idea to speak to a friend who can give you some good advice, or talk to someone who can be an “ outlet” for you. A reassuring voice can put everything in perspective

  • Talk yourself Through it

Sometimes talking to yourself might also help you get to the root of the problem. Don’t worry about seeming crazy, if you are talking to yourself- just ask yourself why you are feeling stressed and frustrated?   Make yourself believe the fact that everything will turn out Okay!

  • Laugh it off

Laughing is one of the best therapies that can help you release stress. Laughter releases endorphins that improves the mood and decrease the levels of the stress-causing hormones

  • Sleep Better

It is a stated fact that when you are stressed, it causes “deprived sleep”. Lack of sleep is the key to stress. The level of stress increases, if you do not catch up on your sleep! Sleep & then think how you can deal with the problem.