Exam Study Tips
Exams are stressful at the best of times. However for national state exams it can be very hard to get perspective and not let fear take over.
We often believe that the next two months of our lives will be the most important, that whatever exam results we get will determine our future happiness….forever.
This belief then causes extra pressure for us and stress can often take over.
Being anxious about your future keeps you from focusing on the here and now.
By taking this program you will ground yourself in the next few days of study, fear will diminish and concentration will improve. To help you with your exams, read our exam study tips below.
When you first hear the words “you may begin” it tends to set people into a state of panic. Having a short space of time to write down what you have been learning for the past year and all the while trying to make it as legible and sequential as possible is a nerve-racking task.
What many students have reported, is that the best way to pace yourself during exams is to initially give yourself 5-10 minutes to read all of the questions, calmly and carefully, and then repeat this step! Make sure that you understand what the question is and that you highlight or underline any key words so that you do not forget or lose track of what you are being asked.
It is advised that you begin with the question that looks like the easiest topic to you, in order to get yourself in the flow of the exam. Many students find that taking a few minutes to jot down a simple essay structure (on the back page) is beneficial so that you can ensure you are staying on topic when writing.
Jonathon Hancock, a memory champion and teacher shares how he cracked the secret to memory technique below;
By using mental imagery you turn what seems to be forgettable information into something that you are more likely to remember. You create colourful pictures or scenes in your head, and tie them in with the thing you want to remember. By creating this scene or story it then becomes something that is intrinsically memorable. You are combining the logical side of your brain with the creative side, resulting in your whole brain coming to life. Jonathon gives a simple example of a time he coached a group of young children how to memorise a list of random words;
“You have fun together coming up with a collection of objects, places, celebrities, TV shows. Then get them started on a vivid story that links all the items in a memorable way. Maybe the football bounces onto an ice-cream cone being held by Mickey Mouse, which splats onto the shoe of a passing astronaut whose helmet is actually a TV screen showing a programme about clowns. Suddenly they can all remember football, ice-cream, Mickey Mouse, shoe, astronaut, TV, clown and any list you give them”.