Exams can be tense and stressful. You need to give them, and the revision your full attention to ensure you achieve your desired grades. Which can be hard, especially as those around you start to finish their exams, but you still have a few more to go. So, to help you make it over the final hurdle and ace the last of your exams, we have 5 top last-minute revision tips which you might find helpful in achieving your exam goals.
1. Stick to your study plan
Remember how organised and efficient you were back in March and April when you first started your revision? After already sitting several exams, your energy and motivation might be low and it can be easy to drift off course. But just because these exams are the last, it doesn’t make them any less important than the ones you’ve already sat.
So, if you haven’t already got a plan in place, it’s important to write a study plan. Think about what exams you have left and what areas of the subject you need to cover so you can go into the exam feeling confident. And if there’s a subject you’re less confident about, schedule more time into your plan to focus on it.
Having a plan drawn up will bring structure to your day and you’ll know exactly what topics you need to revise throughout the final days and weeks leading up to your exams. If you feel like you’ll be distracted at home, try going to the library or a coffee shop where you think you will feel more comfortable.
2. Use charts, diagrams and cue cards
Now that your revision is in full swing and you probably have a good understanding of the subjects being examined, why not scrap the reams of revision notes and condense key information into visual aids and cue cards?
Doing this will make your revision easier and less overwhelming. You’ll have all the key words written down, and when you see them it will prompt you to recall all of the other information associated with that topic. It will also help to highlight any areas that you can’t remember so well and perhaps need to spend a bit longer revising.
3. Work with others
Once you have set a plan and have your cue cards at the ready, organise a day or afternoon to study together with your friends. Working together will not only help you, but it can also assist your friends with the subject. You can test one another on the subjects and share ideas, information and revision tips. You may learn more about the subject by working with your friends. You may feel less pressured and stressed by working with others on the same subject or topic too, as you know you’re all in the same situation.
4. Look at past exam papers
Although you can’t predict the exam questions, you can get a good idea of what they might be like. Viewing past exam papers can be extremely useful. It will help you become familiar with the format and style of questions, and the topics that appear often – meaning you may require more focus on them. Using past exam papers to practice can be valuable and effective, but you shouldn’t rely on these solely as they do change from year to year. The past papers can be found on your student portal and can be requested for additional support.
5. Take a break
Finally, it’s essential to take breaks in between your studies or you’ll end up going around in circles with the revision. Drinking water and eating nutritious food such as green vegetables regularly will help to maintain concentration levels and make you feel refreshed. Avoid the junk food as these will make you feel sluggish and unlikely to put you in the mood to revise! And when you really need a breather, step outside for some fresh air. Going for a small walk can be beneficial for you to work on a clear head!
No matter how you revise during the final days and weeks of your exams, we wish you all good luck with them. If you’re leaving us at Host Wembley, we hope you’ve had a wonderful year and if you’re staying with us for summer or in September, we can’t wait to have you living with us.
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