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Dealing with exams can be stressful. When you consider the number of exams you may have and the amount of content you need to cover, it’s easy to see why. I’m going to share with you 9 top tips that you can use to help relieve the stress and steer you towards success during this period.

Make A Plan

The early you start to plan the better. Be aware of your exam timetable so that you know exactly when the assessments are for each subject. This will enable you to work out how much time you have to study and prepare for each one. You can then develop your revision schedule allocating reasonable time and resources for the different subjects.

Track Your Progress

Make a list of the key topics for each subject. Plan when you will be revising for them and tick them off as you finish them. Only mark topics as complete once you have clearly demonstrated your understanding. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that just because you’ve read your notes, you are now ready for the exam. You need to have proved this through practice. As you tick items off the list, you’ll feel more confident about the assessment which will reduce your stress. This will give you the strength you need to continue.

Use Past Papers

Whilst no one can see into the future, you can often make a pretty good guess when it comes to what’s coming up in your exams. Analysing past papers is a great way to do this. As you review the past papers, you will get a feel for how the questions are asked and what is expected of you. Sometimes you’ll notice that certain types of questions show up year after year. This will give you an indication of the topics which are likely to be assessed. With this exercise, you are trying to get a feel for the different ways that the questions might be asked so that you can practice answering them all.

Know The Marking Scheme

Make sure that whilst you are using past papers to practice for your exams that you understand the marking scheme. You don’t want to spend hours practicing an answer than does not meet the criteria. Ask your lecturer if you need to.

Time Yourself

Be aware of how long each exam will be so that whilst you are practicing you can do so under similar circumstances.

Remove Distractions

For some it’s your phone, for others it’s the internet, or even your friends. Figure out what distracts you from quality revision and remove it whilst studying. It’s only for a relatively short period of time and you’ll reap the rewards later.

Ask For Help

If you’re struggling with the content whilst revising, don’t suffer in silence ask for help. Other students on your course may have the answers you are looking for. Speak to students who took the exams last year. Those who did well will be able to share their successful approach with you. Also, if anyone is going to know how to help, it’s your lecturer so you can ask them too.

Get Adequate Rest

It’s all very well knowing when and what to study but if you are not well rested, it will be difficult to have the productive study sessions that you need. Make sure that you are well rested, especially on the night before your exam.

Stick To The Plan

It’s vital that you stick to your study schedule and your plan. That’s the hardest part but it’s definitely worth it.

All the best in your studies. You can succeed.

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Joe Wright is a first class graduate and the founder of Smart Study Methods a site which shows students how to achieve excellent grades, by teaching them how to study...
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