As exam season approaches, it is crucial to keep in mind some important hacks regarding studying and revising for exams. This can be executed in three simple steps which are planning your revision, revising with regularity, and maintaining an open mind.
Strategizing your revision
Exam season is very anxiety-inducing, so it helps to plan, and what better way than to plan your revision?
Let us begin by finding an ideal place to study. This can include a library, your house, or a public place as long as it is safe and ensures social distancing. Ensure that this place does not have distractions and simultaneously, avoid places such as your bed or your room since this will be associated with comfort and you will find yourself feeling drowsy.
Next, create a realistic and achievable timetable with timestamps which specify when a task needs to be completed by. Creating an achievable timetable is the most crucial part because when revising, it is more important to complete the work rather than worry about what work is not getting completed. It is, thus, important to set achievable goals and specify when they need to be achieved. The timetable also needs to include breaks since taking out the time to breathe is just as important as achieving your targets.
Ultimately, when you get down to following the timetable at your choice of place, attempt to make the process of learning more engaging and interesting. This means that it is not enough to read but also to make notes and then read those notes. This becomes an excruciatingly long and dry process that rarely works; instead, makes learning interesting. This can be done by introducing flashcards or revision questions or any other methods that work for you.
Remember, however, that it is not enough to revise once but rather that one should revise regularly. This doesn’t imply that one should constantly be studying but that one should continue to revise old concepts. An easy way to do this is by recalling what you have learned so far and summarizing it to understand better. Explaining a concept to someone can also increase the understanding of the topic since this allows you to draw connections and comprehend the linkages.
Not being afraid to seek help
Lastly, and most importantly, take a deep breath and do not be afraid to ask for help.
Exams can be overwhelming for everyone and take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. In such situations, it is better to ask for help than to attempt everything by one’s self. This makes it easier since your peers are in the same boat and realizing this can be comforting. Reach out to those around you and ask them for help when you need it because that is okay.