When it comes to revising and effectively preparing for exams, you will have heard it all. You’ll have heard advice from professionals, friends, and family in the past before, but ultimately you need to prepare and revise in such a way that works for you and your individual study needs. By all means, heed tips, tricks, and warnings about studying but engage in how you feel you work best and achieving your goals, as just because one method works for others, doesn’t necessarily dictate that it’ll be useful to you. Figure out how best you learn by researching what type of learner you are, and then act on the findings. Getting ahead in the game of preparation for upcoming exams can be as simple as working toward getting, and staying healthy. By keeping your body well nourished, you’re allowing yourself the best head start to being positive and energized enough to successfully complete days, weeks, or even months of exams or professional test revision.

Online Assistance

Employing the help of online provisions will help you prepare for upcoming exams as you’re going to be optimizing your chances of getting as much information into your repertoire as possible. You can learn from the comfort of your own bed for example, but if that’s not incentive enough, you should know that learning online can be free and some sites offer a free trial period so that you can get a feel of the program before going forward with payment. There’s a wealth of course options on Study.com, so if you’re thinking about using online assistance for preparing for upcoming exams then make sure that the program you choose is engaging and suits your needs. If you’re studying for college-level exams, make sure that the program is challenging enough and in correspondence to the appropriate level of your learning.

Manage Your Time Effectively

Managing your time effectively is a simple, yet hugely beneficial, way of keeping the worries and stress of an upcoming exam at bay. You must prepare early and make sure you’ve got enough time to learn all of the necessary contents of the course. Otherwise, you’re not prepared, and you know what they say, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Manage your time effectively by putting a stop to time-consuming habits and practices that only serve to waste your time, like watching television and spending hours, rather than minutes, on your phone clocking up time idly on social media without a cause or reason to do so. During this exam period you might need to be strict with yourself, and keep your cell phone in another room of the house, or you could consider deactivating your social media accounts as long as they’re just for personal use.

Create A Study Chart

Create a detailed list of what you want to set out to achieve from day to day. If you’ve got one thousand pages of a book to read, for example, then make sure you create a plan and one whereby you can see a clock face, so you know what you need to achieve in each hour of the day. Divide your day into hours of reading the sections of the book and stay on track by regularly reviewing the study chart. You can create such charts online with the help of some handy and easy to use tools. You could even consider making your charts using flowcharts and diagrams. Organize your flow chart to include breaks so that you don’t feel guilty about spending time away from your desk. You should be looking to include regular breaks of fifteen minutes in every hour so that you can remain focused and alert for preparing for upcoming exams or any tests at work.

Organize Your Study Space

Your work environment is important to how effectively you can revise and learn. If you’re working in a cramped and chaotic space, then chances are you’re not going to be able to relax enough to devote your time to revising and revising alone. Before settling down to begin studying, be sure to clear your working space of clutter and distractions. A clean and tidy study space is conducive to learning and staying on task, so remove anything unnecessary and think about only keeping your stationary case on your worktable, along with your laptop, the books you need and a bottle of water so that you can stay hydrated as you work. If you need to consult your bounty of paperwork for the task of preparing for upcoming exams and tests, you’re going to want to organize the folder before using it to learn from meticulously. Set aside time to file and sort items inside your folder so that you can easily see and access what you need when it comes to exam preparation.

Your Diet

You need to keep a watchful eye on what you’re consuming at all times during your life if you want to stay healthy and happy, and you need to especially during the time you’re sat mostly inactive while studying for long periods of time. Brain function takes up thirty percent of a resting body’s calories so bear this in mind when you’re calculating how much you need to eat and planning your meals for the day. Provide the energy your brain and body need, not through eating high fat and sugary foods, but instead by snacking on slow release foods like oat bars and whole wheat bread, or vegetable fries. Your diet should include plenty of iron and protein for staying focused and you will be expected to drink two liters of water if you want to stay hydrated and on task.

Allocating Down Time

Spending all day in front of your computer or with your brain engrossed in completing reading tasks, can exhaust your energy reserves and leave you feeling tired and far less likely to want to spend the next day doing the same. So, you must ensure that you give your body and your brain the time in the evening to switch off, so to speak, so that you’re not dreading the next day of continued study. By allowing for this time, you’re far more likely to get a good night sleep which in turn will sufficiently energize you for furthered exam preparation.

 

By Erica Buteau

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