Thursday, 29 October 2015

Exam study tips

We've put together a few study tips to help get you through exam time.

Past exam papers are a great way to determine what topics you need to spend more time on. They are easily accessible through LibrarySearch. Make use of the silent zones at our Library sites to minimise distractions.

● See if any documentaries or YouTube videos have been made on your study topics. It's a good way to break up your study schedule and learn in a different way, particularly if you are a visual learner.

● Download a computer app to avoid distracting sites like Facebook and YouTube (after watching said educational YouTube videos!).

Macintosh OS: SelfControl
Windows OS: FocalFilter

● Forming a study group with friends can be a great way to share exam questions, motivate each other and give feedback. A good way of testing your understanding of a topic is by teaching it to others. If you arrange to meet people in the morning, you can’t sleep in. Group study rooms can be booked online for up to 2 hours if you need a space to get together.

● Are you a morning person or a night owl? Think about what times of the day you are most productive and if possible plan your study schedule around these times.

● Try listening to music while studying. Film soundtracks and classical music with no spoken words can help to elevate your mood while not being a distraction.

● Writing helps you remember things better than typing.

● Take regular breaks to stretch and exercise. Even a 15 minute brisk walk around campus will help improve your concentration, energy levels and memory.

... and good luck with your exams!