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12 Steps of Doing Well in Exams

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1. Understanding -> if you don’t understand a process you should ask!

2. Memorising -> Revision -> different techniques work for different people -> find out which one works best for you. Revise in small time blocks max 2 hours at a time, then have a break. Revising for 6 hours straight won’t be very effective as you will lose focus. Just reading from the book might work fine for you. If it doesn’t, you might want to summarise notes yourself with flash cards maybe.

3. Read the question properly and understand it. Interpret the question correctly. Read it several times if you have to, underline key words.

4. Plan your essays! Trust me it helps, especially with step 5. below (structure).

5. Structure -> clear and with a logical flow -> often simple is best. Paragraphs always!

6. Language -> like we’ve been through: clear & concise, to the point, academic, technical and professional. Geographical terms!

7. Check over your answers at the end, if you have time. I guarantee you, you will find some mistakes.

8. Get enough sleep -> at least 7 hours. This is very important.

9. Eat the right food -> don’t skip breakfast on exam day. Or any day really. Protein rich brain foods are best. Eggs! http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3xdq6f

10. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your exam. This is also very important.

11. Last minute revision (i.e. 10 minutes before the exam) won’t do you much good. Scientifically proven your brain won’t remember much so last minute and it may just create panic.

12. Don’t stress -> stress is bad for your body. Stay calm at all times. 🙂

Additional resources:

5 Steps to Effective Exam Technique
7 Steps to Revising for Essay-Based Exams
Exam Technique

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