5 ways to get exam ready

27 November 2015

5 Ways To Get Exam Ready

The months leading up to your final exams can be an exciting yet stressful time for students and although you will feel a certain amount of pressure at this vital time in your life, there are steps you can take to ease it. Read on for our 5 top tips on getting exam ready.


Preparation is a key part of your final exams and the more prepared you are, the better.  Proper preparation will take a lot of the stress and worry out of this time in your life. Print a copy of your exam timetable and make sure you have your exam essentials packed in advance; including pens, pencils, a ruler, a bottle of water and anything else you might need. Another good tip is to familiarise yourself with the exam location, it is much better to arrive early and calm than late and flustered for an important exam.

 Study and Revision

By the time you read this, you should have already completed a good amount of study and revision, if not, don't panic. Set aside some time and a quiet place to catch up on your studies. Use any tools available to you including, text books, mock exam papers and podcast streams containing your study material. Using a variety of study methods will prevent you getting bored and doing something else instead. Find out what works for you and make the most of it.


Food, Water & Sleep

It might not seem like it now but one of the most important parts of getting exam ready is getting plenty of sleep, good food and water. If you are too busy cramming in last minute revision to sleep and eat properly, you will burn out and be unable to take information in; this wont help you when you go to sit your exams. The night before your exams, relax,  go to bed at a sensible time, get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast the next morning. Feeling tired, irritable or hungry in the exam hall won't do you any favours.


Exam Time

So, you have had a good nights sleep, breakfast and arrived in plenty of time, what's next? Most often, the time leading up to an exam is more stressful than the exam itself, if you have studied and revised to the best of your ability, you will find sitting down and taking the exam won't be as difficult as you imagined. Before you start, lay out everything you will need during your test and have a bottle of water handy. Read through the exam paper once before you begin answering any questions. If you happen to get stuck on a question, don't spend all of your allotted time working on it, move on to the next question and go back to it when you have finished the rest of the paper. When you get started, you will be surprised at how much information you already know.


Unexpected Situations

No matter how much you have prepared yourself, always expect the unexpected. In an ideal world,  you will follow the above tips and sail through your exams without any trouble and for the most part, this is exactly what happens. If you are sick or suffer an injury on the day or days leading up to your exam, contact your teacher or a member of staff as soon as possible to explain. You will typically be allowed to resit your exam on another day if you can provide a note from your doctor  to back up your absence. If you feel unwell or overwhelmed during your exam, notify a member of staff supervising the exam and ask to take a short bathroom break or a few minutes of fresh air and a glass of water.

In conclusion, try to relax and stay positive as your exams approach and know that you have done your best. The results may surprise you.


Good Luck











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