With exam season under way/on the way for some of us, I thought I'd do something a little bit different today and share some of my tips for dealing with exams in general - from handling stress to how to stay organised.
1. Give yourself a break
Dealing with exams and revision can be really stressful, so it's important to take time out and have a break now and again. It may seem like you need to cram in revision, but if you do too much at once you'll end up stressed and tired which isn't going to help when it comes to taking the actual exam!
2. Colour coding & revision layout
If you're a visual learner like me, then colour coding is your best friend! Highlighters are essential, and I find using different colours for different things really useful as it helps me remember them better. Similarly, layout can be really important - rather than just writing things in a boring list, try using mind maps or diagrams and stick them up on a wall you look at often.
3. Keep a diary/timetable
In exam season, it can be easy to just say that you'll revise, without mentioning any specifics. I find that this makes it easier to just put it off and procrastinate - if you have a specific timetable then it makes sure you stick to it, and using a diary helps you keep on track of what you still need to do.
4. Take advantage of resources
Make use of whatever you can - go to revision sessions put on by your teachers, use all the documents they put on your school website and work together with your friends so that you have all the notes you need. This way, you can have lots of different resources available to you rather than just your own revision which can get a bit repetitive if it's all you use.
5. Past papers are your friend
Past papers can get boring really quickly and it's easy to just skip to the mark scheme for answers, but they're super useful because they tell you what you know and what you need to go over. You can also make use of the mark scheme as it's helpful to see how the exam board wants you to word you answers. And don't forget, some exams come with an examiner's report that lets you know where past students went wrong.
I hope you found these tips useful, and good luck if you have exams on the way! Feel free to leave any of your own tips in the comments below.