How to prepare for exams in January…
So you’ve made it through the first semester and now it boils down to the dreaded January exams. Obviously we know there’s no way to make the revision super fun, but we do have a few tips to help you prepare and (hopefully) feel less stressed!
This sort of goes without saying, but start your revision early. Check the dates for each of your exams and prioritise accordingly way in advance. Use all the free time you can during the Christmas break, but of course, do spend time stuffing yourselves with turkey and pudding!
Find your best revision technique and stick to it
By now you should all have an idea on which revision technique best suits you, some prefer to read, some prefer to write notes and some prefer to get visual with flow charts and diagrams. By all means, experiment with different methods but don’t spend too much time on this and make sure you have time to review your notes!
Sleep and Eat well
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, make sure you get 7 – 9 hours of sleep everyday and NO all nighters!! The revision period is the worst for either making you over-eat or forget to eat entirely! Be sure to have three balanced meals a day and drink plenty of water to start hydrated. Take a look at this list of top brain foods.
Flying Solo or Work in a Group?
Try both if you haven’t already done so, then stick to whichever you feel comfortable with. Finding a study buddy also helps too if you don’t want the distraction of a large group. You’d be surprised at how much you can remember by discussing and bouncing ideas off each
Past papers can be found on SUSSED. Just log in, scroll down to the yellow panels ‘Links to Information and Services’, then select ‘Past Exam Papers’ under the ‘Learning Resources’ drop down menu. These are the ultimate revision tool, they help test your knowledge, identify areas to focus on and even question-spotting might be possible sometimes.
Find a good revision space
Hartley Library can get pretty packed around this time. Just remember there are other study spaces and bookable rooms around campus too that might offer a little more peace and quiet.
Don’t forget that we are always here to help if things get too much. Simply contact the Advice Centre here.