I am thrilled to have a guest post from the brilliant Amy over at The Perks of Being Amy about how to survive exams. Amy is currently studying for her A Levels, after getting loads and loads of GCSE’s, many being A and A* two years ago.
1. Be Organised & Take regular breaks
Make a timetable, allocating specific times to study. Spread out your studying, with regular revision sessions. Rather than three to four hours every few days, plan a couple of hours a night. This helps you absorb the information, and keeps your brain active, preparing you for the exams.
Take regular breaks when revising in order to give your brain a break and to increase your concentration. Take 10-15 minutes out every hour to refresh your brain and let information settle in. Go outside, get some fresh air, listen to a favourite song, but then get back to it. Make sure you drink plenty of water during revision time and breaks to keep hydrated and avoid headaches.
Buy some cool and funky stationery to motivate you to revise. Think pretty notepads, bright stickers, colourful highlighters and funky dividers. Write your notes in different coloured pens to help make certain information stand out, and you more likely to remember it than if you were reading it in plain black biro. Use fun stickers to make pages in your folder stand out and bright dividers to organise your files into sections.3. Get Some Sleep!
Most teenagers have no problem at all getting plenty of sleep. We can stay up late, and can sleep until 4pm the next day (if allowed!) Make sure you do get plenty of sleep during exam season as, following sleep, information in your brain is easier to access. Sleep also allows memories to consolidate overnight and brain recall becomes stronger as a result of this. If you learn something just before you go to bed, it increases the effectiveness of learning and makes you much more likely to remember it. Are you still awake?!
4. Healthy Snacking
Go for healthy snacks that will boost your brain. Fish is the best brain food and makes the perfect revision break snack. Mackerel and salmon are particularly healthy as they are packed with protein and omega 3 – really good stuff that gets your brain working. Try some on wholemeal bread. Stock up on fruit and vegetables as they contain essential vitamins, minerals and ions. Fruity snacks such as bananas, berries and apples are low in calories and give us more energy as they are full of healthy sugars.
Something else to consider is getting some extra help if you need a bit of a boost with a particular subject. MeeMee had a little extra support from a tutor and it made such a difference. You can find a tutor to help you locally or search on line with a site such as Tutor Hunt.
Good Luck, whatever exams you are taking!