The stressful thoughts and fear of the exams is sadly something we all go through in life. The sleepless nights, frustration and nagging from parents is all part of the exam parcel but as they say less stress, more success. Stressing will not help when it comes to the exam, but practical studying will! KISS understand the struggle of the dreaded exams and this is why we are here to help.
Before you start making note of these friendly tips, it is vital to remember everybody has their own approach to studying. Just because your friends might study in a particular way, it does not mean you have to study exactly the same. Each to their own! From making sticky notes on science definitions, sticking them all over your room to recording voices notes of English poetry – do what works for you.
As it’s just after Christmas, it can be difficult to get back into a routine. This is why it’s important to keep on your study pattern all year round because time always seems to fly when you have upcoming exams, and the last thing you want to do is cram! Making a study planner or guide is an excellent way to keep track of what you need to revise. Start organising your to-do list by writing out what chapters and exam papers you need to look over. Also, make sure your study plan is realistic. Let’s face it, you can’t cram eight hours straight into your Gaeilge papers. Do one hour of each subject, drink lots of water, take breaks in between and do not overwork your brain!
Good Study Environment
It is essential to study in an environment where you can concentrate without any distractions that you consider distracting. A study club, library or any peaceful space is your go-to. Concentration is key while studying, no noise, people talking, all you need is your focus and books. Putting away your phone or switching it off is probably the best thing you can do too because we all know how distracting our phone can get. Before you know it, you will have two hours of Insta scrolling. That is not worth anything in the exam, so trust us and put away your phone!
Finding A Type Of Study That Works For You
Visual studying is an effective way to get images, graphs, or words stuck into your brain and we all can agree reading can sometimes become tiring. So if you want to change it up, making graphs, charts, brainstorming or using colourful sticky notes is another helpful way. Highlighting keywords and rewriting essays by separating your work into paragraphs is also a simple but genius way to get important words/facts into your head!
Watching online clips, recording yourself studying out loud has proven to be an effective way to study. For example, if you want to remember certain quotes for English class, YouTube has many study clips which will benefit your study. And don’t forget to make use of your voice recorder on your phone, you can record quotes or Oral exam questions and listen to them on your commute or on a walk to the shop, so that you can get study done on the go.
Joining a library or study hub is a great way to get into the study environment. Without home distractions, studying in a group helps your concentration. Reading out loud to peers, or helping one another with French or Irish words helps you focus and remember more. Repeating keywords to a pal, recording your conversations in another language and replaying it over and over again until you can say it in your sleep. It works!
It can often be frustrating when you are studying to know what to study. If your feeling lost on what to read and where to even start, look at past exams papers and what was covered on certain years. If something came up last year most likely it won’t come up this year or if a certain topic comes up every single year, it will prob come up again this year. But it can be dangerous to assume anything. Summarising chapters and rewriting important topics out and keeping them in a folder is extremely important. This will not only save time for you when its near to your exam, it will also benefit your time. You don’t want to panic the night before your exam, pulling your room apart for your notes you made six months before. So remember, to be extra organised at all times!
Last but certainly not least, try enjoy what you are studying. If you prefer learning Spanish over maths, do your least favourite first. It will make your study time bearable! Before you know it, your studying will become a pattern and you will be good to go for exams.
Words: Hayley Doherty