Study and exam tips to help you get the best grades
By Rebecca Maher on January 26th, 2024
There is no right or wrong way to study and prepare for exams, but in this week’s blog, we have caught up with Downing Newcastle resident and Content Creator Charlotte who shares her top study hacks that aren’t always taught in school.
As a student, studying can seem like a daunting task, but with these study and exam tips, you’ll be on your way to achieving the best grades possible!
Firstly, we recommend using the Pomodoro Timer. This is a great method of studying, especially if you’re lacking motivation. Study With Me allocates you four 25-minute study sessions with a five minute break in between. This means you can cover multiple subjects, leaving you feeling more productive and confident.
Another unique method to studying is called Blurt. This methodical writing technique involves writing down everything and anything you know and have learned about a topic. You then come back with a different coloured pen, adding in anything you may have missed out on. This technique is perfect if you are a more visual learner.
It’s also essential to study mark schemes from previous exam papers. Finding previous exam or assignment papers relevant to your course subject can help you get a better understanding of what the examiner is looking for, and not be completely caught off guard.
To-do lists are another great way to work on your time management and prioritise tasks. This will help you stay on track and prevent procrastination. You can do these daily or weekly and even categorize your tasks in order of importance.
Organising study sessions with friends can be a great way to help each other on subjects you may struggle with.
Use a change of scenery away from your desk space, gathering in the library or even your resident social spaces. Just make sure you stay focused on a topic for an agreed amount of time.
Distractions can be a major roadblock in your academic journey. It’s crucial to identify common distractions and work on how to manage them. A good idea could be to switch on airplane mode or do not disturb on any devices, setting designated study hours, and creating a clutter-free study space to help you stay focused and productive.
Practicing self-care is vital to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Don’t let your life revolve solely around your university studies.
Engage in activities that bring you joy outside of your university bubble. Join clubs, sports teams, or pursue hobbies you’re passionate about. This way, you are less likely to experience burnout and maintain a positive mindset.
Finally, it’s essential to learn to switch off. When you’re with friends or engaging in social activities, try to be fully present.
Put away your textbooks, close your laptop, and avoid thinking about upcoming exams or assignments. Being in the moment allows you to enjoy your social life without the weight of academic stress on your shoulders.
By implementing these study and exam tips, you’ll be able to keep on top of your university studies and get the best grades you need.
Don’t forget to read more of our top study tips to help you achieve your goals!