It’s that time of the year again with coursework due and weeks going by so fast, exams season is approaching already!

Here are a few tips to help you with your preparation.

Create a revision timetable

Give yourself enough time to study: don’t leave it to the last minute. Start drafting a revision timetable as soon as possible. Try to stick to it and organise your study accordingly – you may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.

Find your study spot

Find a study space that is right for you, and try to get rid of all the possible distractions. For some students complete silence may be essential in order to focus, if this is the case you may want to find yourself a desk in the 4th floor in our University library, an excellent distraction-free study space! However, do take your time to find your space.

Practice, practice, practice

Practice on past papers. This is one of the most efficient ways to prepare for exams as, very often, your exam will mirror the question-types of previous papers. You should find these on Succeed and, if they are not available, ask your module coordinator about it.

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Consider studying as a group

Meeting up with your peers to revise and discuss different topics through study groups is an excellent way to go through the different sections and subsections of a specific course. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

Take breaks

Take regular breaks. Studying for too long may seem like an effective solution but, in reality, it may be counterproductive. Develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early and give yourself a long lunch break. However, if you study better at night, give yourself a break earlier.

Keep yourself hydrated and eat well

Drink plenty of water or tea and stick to high protein ‘brain food’. Try to keep away from junk food and keep your body well-fuelled by choosing nutritious food such as fish, nuts, seeds, yoghurt and blueberries.

Remember: support is there if you need it

Remember there are people on campus who can help if you are finding it a bit overwhelming. Get in touch with the Student Services Hub if you aren’t too sure where to go or what you need or get in touch with Student Learning Services if you know it’s some study help you are after. For more information about what they can offer and how to access the services, visit their website.

– Francesca Sella, Student Assistant