Your Space

Find out what works for you. 

Having a place you can go to get your best work done is so important. 

Make sure it is quiet and that you have enough space. If you are struggling to find a quiet space try listening to music through headphones whilst studying, this should block out any background noise. 

Keep a clear desk and only have what you are revising for that particular revision session on the desk. A clear desk is a clear mind.

Don't multi task, focus on the task at hand and get it done with focus and determination!

The Wisdom Of Teams

Team up with people!

Just because we hand in work with our name on it we often think we can't collaborate when revising. Collaboration is one of the best ways to get more work done and to a higher standard. 

Share notes, copy, test, edit, rinse and repeat.  

Other people can help you out massively. They can help you prepare and perform for your exams faster and more effectively. Identify those people who you would like to collaborate with, help them out with something and then they are more than likely to do the same for you. 

It's The Exam Coach Way. 

Chit Chat

Exam Coach students use downtime to get one step closer to the results they want to achieve. 

Get used to having casual conversations about a subject or giving each other a quick test. It doesn't have to be totally serious, you can have fun doing it.

The key is to review and revise information constantly. You can't always be at your desk or have a book in front of you by you can always be talking to others and listening to what they have to say. 

Immerse yourself in what you need to learn - The Exam Coach Way. 

 

Keep it simple!

Don't worry about mastering every fancy shmancy revision technique there is!

Pick one or two (maybe three at a push) that you find most suited to your learning style and then stick with them. 

You always want to be playing to your strengths so use the techniques you like the most often. 

Also, the more often you use your preferred techniques the better you become at them. Digesting information in this way will become second nature! 

Overall, keep things simple, there's no need to over complicate! 

When Do You Get Your Best Work Done?

It's important to know when you get your best work done... 

Some people prefer the mornings, some prefer the evenings. When it comes to exam preparation knowing this will help you get the most out of every minute you spend at your desk. 

The Exam Coach Way always seeks to boost both the efficiency and effectiveness of your study sessions. If you can work this one out, you're well on your way! 

Mix It Up

If you're struggling to get something inside your head you need to start thinking creatively.

Exam preparation is about using everything you have at your disposal to make the learning and memory process as smooth as possible. 

- Record yourself saying key terms and definitions and listen back to them. 

- Watch videos about the subject on You Tube. 

- Change up your study location. 

Varying the way in which you digest information helps in the chunking up process. Chunking, or breaking things down in manageable memorable pieces, is one of the most effective ways to remember large amounts of information. 

Try it out. 

Solve The Puzzle

This is so important! 

Make sure you not only know the information you are going to be tested on but also how it is connected. This is when you know you truly understand something. 

If you don't understand how things fit together then everything becomes a jumbled up load of facts, phrases and figures! 

Deadlines

Effective exam preparation requires you to put yourself under exam conditions. 

Always try to work under time pressure. The more you can get used to reading through, recalling and writing down information under time pressure the better you will become at it. 

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice makes permanent. 

You need to practice what you will be required to do in the exam. The more you do this the better you will become at performing efficiently and effectively under pressure. 

Do practice papers so you become familiar with how questions are asked, how papers are structured and how to get the marks in the bag! 

Exams are a performance game. You must put in the required training and preparation in order to perform well on the day!

Testing Times

You need to test yourself on the information you are learning!

Just reading through it isn't enough. The skill you are trying to develop is recollection. To do this say the information over in your head, recall it without assistance and do things to make it memorable if it isn't sticking. Saying words in a funny voice is a popular choice. 

Team up with friends and test each other. An exam is a test, the more training you can put in before hand the more prepared you are going to be on the day. Being able to recall information under pressure is key! 

Graffiti Is Good

Put your notes where you are going to see them! 

Get them up on the walls. That's my go to place. This switches up the way you are digesting the information. You can glance at something you need to remember as you walk by. This easy process of repetition can make all the difference in the exam room. 

A word of warning: go easy on the paint work. Ask mum and dad before you start redecorating the house! 

Rise Early

What time are you getting out of bed at the moment? 

If you're planning on getting revision done I recommend that you get up bright an early.

Getting up early means that you have a jump on the day. It gives you a chance to get ahead and relax in the evenings. 

For stress free sustainable revision early risers are usually the ones who get it right. 

Stack Those Zeds

Sleep is essential for memory retention and good learning. 

Remember exam preparation The Exam Coach Way is about the long game. It's about consistency. All nighter's are a no no! 

Put in a solid amount of work everyday, then get the right amount of rest and recovery afterwards. Rinse and repeat. Consistency and rest are key!

Fuel Up

Put fuel in the tank! 

Keep topped up by drinking plenty of water whilst you study. Make a rule of keeping a coaster on your desk to remind you. Always have a water bottle nearby! 

Fizzy drinks do you no good when it comes to brain power. For all the short term energy you may think they give you they're not part of the Exam Coach Way to achieving great results. The same goes for chocolate and sweets! As a general rule consume all sugary foods in moderation, don't rely in them for short term energy. 

Water and healthy foods are the way forward and they are the fuel your brain needs to deliver the results you are capable of. 

Get Physical

Exams can be an absolutely cracking time to get some exercise in! 

The brain responds superbly well to physical activity. Combine the mental workout at your desk with a physical workout outside or in the gym. 

Try to incorporate some form of exercise into your breaks. You don't have to become a health guru but making sure you keep fit and healthy is only going to contribute to achieving great results! 

Use The Force Luke...

Don't force yourself to work. 

This is one of the fastest routes to burnout and misery! If you really don't feel in the mood and no matter what you do you just can't get down to work here's what I recommend: 

- Take a short break

- Do something that completely takes your mind off of revision and exams (favourite movie clip or sports are usually good)...

- Revisit your work and start with the easiest most enjoyable task you can find. 

Find some momentum then build on it. Don't take a break until you feel the momentum go away. Momentum is gold!

May the force be with you! 

Break It Up!

Exam preparation can feel like you have a mountain to climb. 

In order to make everything more manageable you have to break things down. Twenty minutes of concentrated work is far better than an hour spent twiddling your thumbs. Keep sessions short, sharp and to the point. If you ever find yourself losing concentration or momentum - take a break. 

Always try to keep things fresh and interesting by changing your work location, listening to some new music or simply revising a different topic or subject. Do whatever it takes to keep concentration levels high. This way all of your time and effort will always be contributing as much as possible to the delivery of top results. 

On Note Taking

Note taking is one of the key skills you will need to achieve exam success. 

Many students forget the reason why they are taking notes. If you can remember the purpose of why you are doing something you are much more likely to stay on task and deliver results as a consequence of your work.

Always remember that you are making notes in order to understand and memorise information. 

Everything else apart from writing words (for example, underlining, highlighting, using colours etc) should only be done if it helps your understanding and memorisation of the material.

There is no point in spending ages over making your notes look neat. I'm not saying scribble all over the page but what I am saying is that your time is limited and you need to be using it in a way that best contributes to the achievement of top results. 

Always keep your notes pure and simple - only include the essentials here's something to remind you (it had to be done)! 

Tactics Not Tic-Tacs

Be tactical when it comes to revision. 

Too many students think you need to start at the beginning and finish at the end when you're revising a subject syllabus. You don't. You need to decide what areas you are weak on and go and revise them.

Then work out where you will win the majority of your marks in the exam. Once again be tactical. Spend your time where the marks are and you're more likely to get them. 

Students often make the mistake of thinking a good revision timetable is one where they spend lots of time working. The more time spent working, the better their revision is going. This isn't true. 

A good revision timetable does the following: 

1). It helps you tackle problem areas you are struggling with and spend the appropriate amount of time getting to grips with these areas. 

2). It helps you to spend your time revising the topics that will carry the most marks in the exam. Knowing all the detail on the key topics that are likely to come up can be a game changer for your results.  

Be tactical in your approach to revision and exams. There are ways of making the whole process easier and more enjoyable.

Make the small changes which, when combined, make a big difference!