1. Give yourself enough time to study
Never leave revision to the last minute. Although some students think this is a good technique, research shows that this is definitely not the best way to approach an exam. Create a study timetable and then organise yourself with set things to do each day.
2. Organise where you will study
A quiet, comfortable and roomy space is best so you can spread out your notes and books. Avoid having any distractions (turn off your mobile!) and organise the space so that it is best for the way that you like to study. Also, try studying in different places rather than the same one. Every time we move place we force the brain to form new associations with the same material and it then becomes a stronger memory.
3. Work with other people
It can be really useful to study with your friends: ask each other questions, explain your ideas, give yourselves quick tests. You don’t have to spend all your time alone and working with your friends can make it fun.
4. Have regular breaks and exercise
Studies have shown that taking regular breaks really helps with the long-term retention of knowledge. During your study breaks try exercising. Research has found just half an hour of aerobic exercise can improve brain-processing speed.
5. Study in ‘chunks’ of time
Break up what you need to study into smaller tasks. A learning technique called space repetition shows that breaking up information into small chunks and then looking at them regularly is the best way to retain information.
6. Drinks and snacks
Your body and brain does best when you eat nutritious foods: fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. On the actual exam day choose foods that will provide a slow release of energy. Also, drink plenty of water as being well-hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best.
7. Study before going to sleep
During sleep, your brain strengthens new memories so there is a stronger possibility that you will remember things if you study them before going to sleep. Also, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep; 7-9 hours is the best amount.