Tips for preparing for exams

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 4 November 2022

1. Don't leave revision until the last minute. 

While some students thrive on last-minute cramming for exams, for most this it is not the best way. Information may be stored in short-term memory by this approach, but usually it will not transfer to long-term. 

2.  Plan your time.  Are you a night owl or early bird? Study at the best time for you. 

3. What to study? Write down the major topics from your course outline. Check old exams. Read through your notes.

4. Change-up your study locations. Research has shown this can aid memory retention. Move from your bedroom, to the garden, the Library or a quite cafe.

5. Change your study techniques. Reading notes all the time can become boring. Try completing answers on a practice exam, create mind-maps, organise a study group. 

6.  Take breaks. At least one every one to one & a half hours. There's only so much information that can be absorbed in one sitting!

7. Eat healthy snacks. Include brain food such as fish, nuts, seeds, yoghurt and blueberries. 

8. Contact the Learning Skills Centre for more ideas and support with your studies!

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