Last minute study tips

studyingIf you’re reading this, it might be the case that you’re procrastinating to the max and quietly bricking yourself having left all your exam revision to the very, very last minute.

For the sake of not wasting your valuable time, let’s cut to the chase and give you the best tips for absorbing all the info you need for sitting crucial assessments in the days ahead.

Don’t panic

Firstly, take a deep breath. Getting yourself in a fankle about studying and exams only makes you more nervous, and therefore makes your studying less productive.

Get organised

Get your exam timetable at hand (can’t find it? Check out the SQA’s website) and highlight all the exams you have to sit. Figure out how many days you have to study between each exam, then make a timetable for the next few weeks. Have a balance between the number of hours you need to study and time to chill out. This may seem like waste of valuable study time, but in the long run you’ll be more productive.

Be smart

What subjects do you prefer? It’s a good idea to start your day studying on subjects that you don’t like as much and/or aren’t so good at, and end your day with subjects you enjoy more. This way, you have something to look forward to later, plus you will be fresher at the start of the day to tackle the subjects you don’t enjoy as much. Find out what works best for you, and stick with it.

Simplify information

Without sounding like an American rapper from the 90s, “break it down”. Take large paragraphs, read through them, and then summarise them in your own words. This makes learning more complicated theories and ideas easier to understand, and more straightforward to remember.

Get creative

Don’t feel that studying is boring – it can actually be quite fun. Use various coloured highlighters for different topics in your study. Are you more of a visual person? Design charts and diagrams that bring statistics and information to life. Use “mind mapping” to develop spider diagrams that use the main facts and buzz words that stimulate your memory to remember more of what you need to know. For more info on mind maps, see Tony Buzan’s website.

Get chatty

Do you have a smart phone or a voice recorder? Document yourself speaking key theories, formulas and dates, and listen back several times. Information that you’ve heard over and over is easier to remember, a bit like remembering the lyrics of your favourite song. Also, chat with your parents/granny/siblings about what you’ve learnt. Explaining a theory, historical event or political situation reveals how well you have grasped what you’ve been studying.

For more revision tips, check out the SQA’s website at www.sqa.org.uk

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