Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

IMAGE - exam revision tipsEnd of term exams are looming, deadlines for hand-ins are imminent and the temptation to start day dreaming about what to do with your summer is a far more tempting alternative. To help you stay focused during this critical time, here are our top student study tips to help keep you productive and on track:

3 ways to ensure you are fully prepared leading up to your exams:  

  1. Make a plan and prioritise – As soon as you receive your exam timetable or assignment deadline put it in your calendar and set up a revision timetable. Write down the dates and establish how long you have before each exam or deadline. Then set yourself manageable targets to complete each stage. Arrange things in the most logical order and make sure you plan in breaks to keep yourself motivated. Microsoft Office 365 University complete with Outlook is a great tool to help with this. Its quick and easy to use and will allow you to view your tasks and calendar in days, weeks and months leading up to your exams. Set reminders and task tools to ensure you are always on schedule. Having something visual to follow and an aim/target each day, keeps you organised and in control and helps avoid that mad panic feeling, the closer it gets to each exam date or deadline.
  2. Prepare your notes Making notes and revision cards prior to an exam is a crucial part of revision. Note-taking software that provides a single place where you can gather all of your notes and information, with the added benefits of powerful search capabilities – makes life a whole lot easier. Office 365 comes with OneNote, making it easy to get all your revision material together efficiently and effectively. Add text, tables, links and pictures to help you memorise all the key facts. Don’t forget to then ask family and friends to test you on what you have learnt to ensure you have absorbed all the information and highlight any areas you still need to work on. If visual aids work better for you try using Mindjet Software. Visually capture and organise information, taking advantage of the task management capabilities to help keep you focused and on track.
  3. Record yourself making notes and listen to them instead of reading – Having audio revision notes on in the background can be more productive than you may think. Subconsciously you will pick things up and it acts as a nice variation from your usual revision style. Office 365 OneNote allows you to make recordings and play them back with the click of a button. These audio and video recordings are directly linked to any notes you take when the recording is made. This lets you later search your notes for keywords or specific text that is associated with a particular recording.

It’s never too late to get your revision in order, so take the leap today. If you want to get your hands on some of the fantastic tools we have mentioned it’s easy and cheap. Our sponsors Phoenix Student Store are proud to offer savings of up to 85% on software ranges, from Office 365 to Mindjet products and much more. Take a look at what it has to offer, it could make the difference between a pass or fail.

3 ways to stay focused:

  1. Take regular beaks – every hour or so take 5-10 minutes away from your studying to give your brain a rest; go for a short walk or just relax and do nothing …
  2. Eat well and get plenty of sleep – get a good 8 hours sleep each night and keep your body fuelled with good brain foods such as Wholegrain foods, Blueberries, Blackcurrants, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Oily Fish and nuts
  3. Don’t panic and stay positive – a certain amount of nervousness actually helps you perform to the best of your ability, producing a rush of adrenaline, helping you to feel alert and focused – try and keep the nerves under control though to avoid an adverse reaction.

3 ways to avoid study distractions:

  1. Tell flatmates you are studying – this way no one will be knocking on your door to try and get your attention.
  2. Put your phone out of arms reach – a text message, email or phone call may seem like a welcome relief while studying, but the simple fact is it has distracted you from what you’re studying. Only check your phone when you are taking a break.
  3. Have water and snacks to hand – we all look for excuses to get up from doing revision, the most obvious one is that you convince yourself you are hungry or thirsty, so have water and snacks next to you to avoid falling into this trap!

REMEMBER: everyone studies in a different way, find out what works for you and stick to it!

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