That all important exam is only a few days away. Be it Common Entrance, GCSE & A Level to ELAT and GMAT; the bulk of your revision is done and time is galloping apace. So what can be done to fill what can feel like the calm before the storm. How can you maximise the last few working days to boost your chances of exam success?
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Find a quiet room, a clean desk, neat stationary and a clean unused notebook. We believe uncluttered space is key here and owning your revision space, making a break from what has come before can really develop a keen focus and clear thinking outset in those final pre-exam days.
If you have them then use past paper questions to organise your notes. Be selective.Use the specifically challenging questions on a past paper you might have attempted in the past as headings for your notes. Take an essay title per say that you’ve averaged a low score on and use it to structure detailed revision.
Don’t write everything out in long hand. Whilst muscle memory can play an important role in exam performance, it’s also crucial not to exhaust yourself and disassociate. Instead, develop a clear consistent short hand and use abbreviations where necessary.
Detox on tech.Allow your revision space to be as non digital as possible. Turn off your laptop and mobile phone and leave all tech in a different room if possible. If you must use your laptop be sure to use an app to prevent a distracting meander onto social media. Self Control and Freedom are both excellent apps that do just that.
Snack more. Coffee is good. Potassium loaded Banana’s as a rule are better. So is dark chocolate.
Start early.It’s a generally held belief that your faculties for in-take of facts and information are generally more alive and energy levels are far higher than further on in the day.
Take short regular breaks and be aware of your cycles of concentration.Work with your tendencies not against them. If you are of the inclination to fire off in short bursts of focused revision then set up everything up so as to work as such.
Ask questions too.Whilst it is important to learn crucial pieces of information, keep questioning yourself. In such a way you encourage the practical implication of the knowledge and factual titbits you’re acquiring and so embed them further.
Rest your hands. Here’s a slightly less obvious one but if your exam is handwritten which by and large most of them are then make allowance for the muscles getting tired. Bringing a stress ball on the day of the exam can certainly help provide a relief from the strenuous pencil-holding poise.
Make intelligent use of your rest time. In the days building up to an exam do your best not to allow yourself to fall into a state of stress or anxiety. Go for a walk, a run or play a sport. Generic activities yes but we’d advise getting out as opposed to allowing social media or internet browsing to take the place of down time.