While some students can get away with cramming at the last minute, we all know the smarter way to study is to prepare in advance for the exam period. From having a decent revision plan to understanding what you need to know and why, here’s how to get yourself exam-ready without eating up all your time. 

Take your revision up a notch. 

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Notes, flash cards, diagrams, flow charts, if these revision techniques have worked for you in the past, use them again. Though for university STEM exams bear in mind that you will need to use higher order learning skills such as application, analysis, evaluation and creation to succeed. 

Mix up your revision subjects.

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It might feel counter-intuitive but a study has found students learn faster when they mix up topics, instead of following the linear approach used in most textbooks. This way you end up reviewing information at spaced intervals and it’s this that helps you to revise and retain the information.

Use all resources to help you revise 

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Be sure to use all the revision and course resources your professors advise you to use. Alongside this utilise any other resources you find helpful to expand your knowledge of the subject. Try Proprep videos and don’t waste your time on resources that are not customised to your course.

Practice with past examination papers

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One of the most effective ways to prepare for your exams is of course to practice with previous exam papers. Aside from helping you to hone your answers they will also help you to understand the format and formulation of the questions. See our blog post Why Use Proprep as our resources will help you put what you are learning into practice.  

Know the format of the exam

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Always check the course syllabus for a broad list of areas to study and ask your tutors and professors what the format of the exam will be.

Knowing the format for your exam can help you to determine how much of the syllabus you need to revise. This is vital in stopping you from revising the wrong area. For instance, if it’s short answers you will need a broader understanding of the syllabus, for longer style answers you need to be more focused on a specific area.

Work on your weak areas

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We all play to our strengths but if you only ever revise what you’re good at, you’ll never improve. Look at your weaker areas and work out how you can improve in this area. And if time management is a weak area for you, check out blog post on how to improve it.

Organise study groups with peers

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Study groups can help you get the answers you need and help you to revise faster. Always ensure the group you choose is same ability and you choose to focus on a certain topic area every time you meet up.

Avoid people who stress you out

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Study with peers who make you feel calm and confident and avoid spending this time surrounded by people who are negative or who haven’t prepped in time. Your state of mind is crucial to how you will cope, not only with revision but in your exams.

Find the right location to study

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This final one sounds like a no brainer, but what works for you may not work for a friend, so make sure you know the best way for you to study. The library is great if you need motivation to get your head down. However, if you like to revise in the early or late hours, your room may work out better.