Exams are coming up; it’s time to start revising! But how to get organized? Advice and a guide to help you revise efficiently and be ready for the big day without too much stress. Our teachers tell you that, but how do you go about it in concrete terms? Some people can’t get to work and keep putting off the moment to start.
Others panic at the thought of the tons of courses they have to review and don’t know where to start. Still, others launch themselves into marathon revisions without any method and see their stress increase day after day. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best tips for revising for an exam.
1. Have a healthy lifestyle
To feel good about yourself is to feel good about yourself, and it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your studies and exams. Remember to take time for yourself, get some fresh air or do some sports. It’s not a waste of time, on the contrary!
It allows you to clear your mind and be more productive afterward. Keeping a sleep rhythm of at least 7 hours per night is also an essential point to remain efficient in your revisions. Indeed, it is during this period that you memorize everything you have revised, and it is also a very good way to evacuate stress.
2. Find a place to work
It is important to create a clear break between your living and study spaces. Libraries are quiet places that provide an ideal work environment. Public and university libraries remain open despite the health situation, so take advantage of them! Don’t hesitate to work with others; having someone help you review or explain certain points can greatly help.
If your home doesn’t allow it, avoid working on your bed, it’s bad for your back, and it’s strongly advised against working where you sleep! Delimiting the spaces allows you to better manage your resting and working times. For your revisions, choose a quiet room where you will not be disturbed and where you feel comfortable.
3. Avoid distractions
Your phone and, more generally, all sources of distractions are the biggest enemies of revisions! After looking at your phone, you’ll have to refocus on what you were doing, and that’s a lot of time lost. You will move slowly, and some tasks will seem endless. To avoid this, limit the temptation as much as possible: put your phone in airplane mode or leave it in another room.
Only use your smartphone when you take a real break by changing rooms or going outside. If you work on a computer, you’ll also have to fight off cravings for Netflix & Chill. To regain motivation, remind yourself why you’re doing the studies, the importance of the exam you’re preparing for, etc.
4. Review schedule
In order to best organize your study days and weeks, creating a schedule is highly recommended. It can be done on paper or on applications dedicated to this purpose. Structure this schedule according to the coefficients of your subjects by spending more time on your weak points. Do not skip any subjects! This will add even more stress on the day of the exam.
It is advisable to revise in two-hour segments per subject. Beyond that, you will be less efficient, and spending a whole afternoon on one subject can be redundant. In addition, consider working on “heavy” subjects where you have difficulty or more work at the end of the morning and not in the early afternoon. Focus on classes that you are comfortable with during this time when your body is a little slow from digesting lunch.
5. Manage your stress
It is perfectly normal to be stressed; it is a natural reaction of the human body to deal with an unusual situation. However, “too much stress kills stress,” and it is important to learn to control these situations. Exams are the end of a school curriculum and represent what you have been working on for years.
But you are prepared for them; you know how the test will go, and you may even have taken mock exams, so it’s not a leap into the unknown! All this preparation work done beforehand will allow you to arrive more serene on the day of the tests. On the day of the exam, don’t hesitate to do some sophrology exercises to calm and concentrate. These exercises of ventral breathing are very effective in bringing down the pressure quickly.
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