Exams: Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

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With the next Exam Session right around the corner (5th June – 8th June), here’s a little guide on how you should be preparing for your exams.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Just as the title emphasises, preparation is so important. Being able to manage your workload in an effective manner can make all the difference for both assignments and exams. Make sure you draw up a timetable and plan out your revision schedule. This is helpful, especially when you have different exams and topics to revise for. Being organised will help you prioritise during a busy exam schedule.

A healthy body equals a healthy mind

We all know the exam season can be a very stressful time, however, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after yourself. Eating properly and drinking enough water can keep you fresh and active. Don’t overdue it; take appropriate breaks and don’t get too excited on the energy drinks. Stay healthy so that you can stay focused.

Learn from the past, prepare for the present

This is where we can help. Through our Members Site, we supply a range of past examination papers, dating back to 2010. Make sure you utilise these resources so that you can get accustomed to answered exam style questions and how they are presented. Furthermore make sure you time and test yourself so they you get use to working under exam conditions, this way you may feel less nervous going into an official exam.

Strength in numbers

Knowledge is power and an easy way to gain knowledge is to share and communicate with other people. Ask your classmates and friends about different things concerning your exams and different topics you’ve learnt throughout the year. This can be done in groups of two or however many you like, just make sure you double check the information.

Playing to your strengths

When it’s all said and done you need to play to your strengths. What this means is regardless of what revision methods you hear about, whether that be; spider diagrams, revision charts or writing notes, you’ve got to use the methods that most suit you. Figure out what kind of learner you are, a visual learner would like learning through charts and diagrams, things they can see. A auditory (listening) leaner would like hearing the information, so they might record audio of themselves or a lecturer discussing the topic. Figure out the best way you learn, and use methods that play to your strength.

For any exam advice please contact your centre or lecturers so they can give you advice and tips. Also be sure to utilise the CTH Members Site for past papers and exam related information. Best wishes to all students who will be undertaking exams. Good luck!