MKF revision tips: The secret to exam success
There are two certainties in life: England being knocked out of a major football tournament, and exams. We hope Jamie Vardy can deal with the first one. But how do you cope with all the inevitable stress that comes with exams?
Well, quite a lot actually.
Of course, it’s natural to feel stressed about exams. Something would be wrong if you weren’t. But we’re here to tell you: relax, take it easy and follow the simple tips below to make the process as painless as possible. Remember: summer is just around the corner, meaning sun, freedom and a whole lot of time to apply to some oh-so-amazing MKF challenges…
Take a break
Seriously. Take a 45 minute break. Go outside. Get some fresh air. Take a scenic walk. Because revitalising yourself with a gentle stroll will make you far more productive than staying indoors all day. Taking regular breaks means you can structure your day better, and make you less likely to get distracted. Which brings us too…
Turn off your phone
How often does checking your notifications turn into an hour-long Facebook stalking session? A lot. So remove the temptation and turn the thing off. Yes, this sounds like something your mum would say, but sometimes mums are right. Trust us, the WhatsApp squad can survive without you for a couple of hours.
Drink water and eat healthy
Energy drinks and revision just don’t go well together. One minute your up, the next your down and can’t focus properly. Stick to water instead. It hydrates you, keeping your mind clear and active. The same goes for food. Healthy snacks like blueberries, carrots and nuts give your proper brainpower. Another McLegend will not.
Test yourself before you wreck yourself
It’s super tempting to sit there and copy out notes. But really the only way to properly remember stuff is through testing. That way, you put yourself in exam conditions, meaning the real thing won’t freak you out. Go online and download practise papers or set yourself questions. It requires a bit more effort but, in the long run, will make the exam proper a whole lot easier.
Hit the gym
Exercise helps to release endorphins. Endorphins make you less stressed. So instead of curling up in bed all day, go for a run, swim, walk – anything that will get those neural pathways flowing. The exercise distracts you from revision and keeps you fresh for the next session.
Cramming is the least efficient way to revise. You don’t properly digest information and freak out about how little prep time you have. The key to success, as DJ Khalad would have it, is planning. Creating a revision timetable works for some. But, really, you just have to start a few weeks in advance, keeping track of areas you feel confident with or need to work on. That way you’ll be able to stay on top of everything without stressing yourself into oblivion.
We all take in information in different ways. For some it might be visually, so creating spider diagrams might be a good shout. Others may prefer flashcards. The more musical might find creating a song about the Napoleonic wars help them in their History revision. Mathematical whizzes could try out learning with spreadsheets. There’s no one way to revise, so get creative and find the method that works best for you.
Try to avoid talking about revision with friends
There’s nothing worse than hearing Beth say how she’s already gone over the Biology module three times and got 100% on every practise test. But don’t listen. Chances are she’s just trying to make herself feel better. Use social time to do just that: be social. Talking about work will only make it worse for everyone. So get talking about rubbish TV, MKF challenges or if Jamie Vardy can really make the difference at Euro 2016.