Exam season can stir up all sorts of feelings. Here are some tips to ensure you’re prepared for success.
1. Create a study plan
Don’t just wing it—you need a structure to make sure you cover all of the syllabus. Create a colour-coded study plan, print it out and put it where you can see it. Prioritise the subjects that matter the most and save the simpler stuff for later. The more prepared you feel mentally, the better you'll do.
2. Practice, practice, practice
Practicing past exam papers is a great way to test your technical knowledge and understand time management. Just because you know how to answer a question that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to do so in the time allotted. That’s why it’s important to mimic the exam conditions so you’re ready for anything on the day.
3. Know when to stop
If you find yourself struggling to remember something or reading the same sentence over and over, it’s a sign to take a break and get some exercise. I try to go to the gym four times a week when I’m studying—it gets me out of my room and gives my mind a rest. And it’s important to go out on the weekends and enjoy yourself.
4. Trust your approach
You’re studying for 12 weeks and towards the end you might think you can’t remember what you went over in the first three weeks but don’t panic—it’s in your brain somewhere. Stand by your own approach and don’t get caught up in what other people are doing.
5. Get some sleep
It may be tempting to stay up late studying the night before the exams but a good night’s sleep will be more beneficial than any last-minute cramming. Avoid trying to learn anything new the week of your exams and make sleep a priority.