As everyone will know is that now May is here, it’s all about exam time tables, and trying to revise as much as possible in preparation. When you’re revising or learning it can be extremely demanding and time consuming, and it can also make you feel quite anxious about what is coming, even daunting about whether or not you will pass, or fail, or if you will have to do retake exam. If it is getting extremely difficult and demanding, there is support out there for you.
So where do you start?
1. What is expected of you during the course
Checking out what you will be doing is incredibly important, the reason for this is because you need to make sure it is something you want to do. Are you going to be doing presentations,or practical tasks that you will be graded on, what are the different requirements for the course, is it something you’re going to enjoy.
Those tips might sound so simple, but it’s important to make sure that you are getting the right support, and you know what you’re letting yourself in for, remember this is a course that can last up to 4 years, you need to want to do this.
2. Careful planning
Planning is incredibly important to making sure that you study well and you don’t stress yourself out so much that you break down the closer the exams come. Find somewhere where you can revise quietly and be able to focus, this can be anywhere like libraries, your bedroom, in the garden, somewhere where you’re comfortable. Understand that you’re probably going to need to get books, or equipment and that you’re going to have to find time to do all of that.
Write down your schedules, so write down when you’re planning to study, when your exams are and when you have time out from studying, I know this sounds incredibly simple, however, it’s important for you to be able to be at least a little calmer and be able to cope with the exams that are looming.
Also look at when you’re more likely to be under increasingly amounts of stress, for example if there are birthdays or events that cause you anxiety, write these down, that means you’re preparing for it and you are able to find ways of coping, so studying before the day and then a day with your friends can help you to feel calmer.
Speaking to your tutors can also really help, because if you feel like you need extra support or that you need them to go over something with you, by contacting them it will allow you to continue to study but get some one on one time with your tutors.
3. It’s okay to ask for help
Asking for help can sometimes make people feel that they’ve failed or it’s a sign that you’re weak, but I promise you that is wrong, it is okay to ask for help from someone, it’s okay to have support and it’s okay to speak to your tutors, this is what they’re here for. If you’ve struggled with mental health in your life, speak to a tutor about how you’re feeling, it might be scary and it can be incredibly difficult.
Mental health support is there, and if you’re on a demanding course, there are ways in which your course can be made more flexible for example:
- Making sure there are regular meetings with tutors and course leaders.
- Given more flexibility, especially if you have medical appointments to help support you through this time.
- There can also be adjustments made to your course days, and deadlines and more support throughout your course to make sure that you’re able to achieve your course grade.
Organisation ready for your exam is so important, because it can really help to relax your mind and be prepared for the up and coming exams. Check out how long you’ve got till your exams, double check your times and dates, because you want to make sure that you’re on time and that you know where you’re going.
Check out how you’re going to be assessed during your exams, I know that’s sounds simple but you can look at what has come up in past papers, see how they’ve graded other exams, what they’re looking for, and it can help you to see how you can get the top marks.
Look at the content that you are expected to know during the course, so brush up on the things that you need to know. Even the little things that you might forget, it could be the difference between 3 – 5 marks, that could be crucial.
Use notes to keep yourself organised and allow you to have a read at moments when you’re on the train or you’re in the car, to fit in and around your life. Also there are lots of different revision guides everywhere online and can help you for a variety of different topics, so don’t think that you just have to read from your book, use a variety of different outlets.
You want to make sure that you have plenty of time to revise and you are fully prepared, so revise your subjects in the order that they your exams come through, but also don’t forget that if there are some subjects that you’re not 100% confident on, make some extra time in your time table to make sure that you’re able to focus a little bit more on that subject.
Remember that your life cannot be crammed with revision, you need to make sure that you have time with your friends, you can do your chores and don’t forget about eating, you need to do that too. Make sure that you’re clear when you’re at your most productive, maybe there is a specific time of day you’re able to work harder, or you are able concentrate better, either way, make sure you write that down.
6. Remember to relax
Studying is important but what you need to remember is, you need time to calm and have peace and quiet, and just be able to have a break away from the books. You can do anything you enjoy, maybe some meditation, if you want to start meditating my walk through is here, yoga can really help too, for example going through some sun salutations (you can find them on youtube) working out can really help, especially if you want to relax.
Good luck in your exams, I know you can do this! Do you best, that is all anyone can ever ask of you, and come out of that exam and be proud!