Hints to Prepare Well for Your Exams

Exams can be terrifying, right? Especially if it will determine how your degree will be classified. It is therefore expected for one to be stressed and for nerves to set in during this exam period. However, there’s no reason to fear! If done correctly, revision will help increase your confidence and reduce anxiety – you will be well prepared for your examination.

All the tips discussed in this article can also help with online exams; they are effective either way. So let us dive into the tips to revise better.

Early preparation

To be well prepared for most of the exams at the university level, you require a deeper understanding of the subject to manipulate concepts and apply them confidently to newer problems. Therefore, it is essential to begin your preparation early.

Cramming at night before exams not only disrupts your sleep but also may potentially confuse you. Instead, keeping up with your coursework and attending lectures and seminars throughout the semester makes revision more effective which can reduce stress immensely.

The use of past exam papers has been proven to be a very effective revision technique. It helps you get used to the format of questions, and if you time yourself, it can be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.

Do simple but recurrent revisions

While cramming may be widely accepted, this is not the best approach to exams for most of us. Instead, create study sessions and space them out throughout the semester. Have specific goals for each study session; goals keep you focused.

 Getting together with friends for a study session is an effective revision technique to challenge yourself. You may have questions they have answers to and vice versa as long as you stay on topic for an agreed amount of time. Well-distributed study sessions have been proven to enhance cognitive performance, learning and helps to reduce stress.

Embrace a good diet and better sleeping habits 

Preparation for the exams includes physical elements as much as it is academic since the brain is a part of the body. Eating a well-balanced meal, staying hydrated, having a good rest, and taking time off to be with your friends ensures the body is well prepared for the exam.

Eat nutritious foods, what you eat can significantly impact your energy levels and focus, and being hydrated is essential for your brain to work. Consistent rest, relaxation and making sure to stay fit are vital; it helps your brain perform. Taking care of yourself goes a long way to reduce your anxiety and stress levels.

Gift yourself and maintain calmness

Plan your exam day. Make sure that all essentials for the exam are ready in advance, check all rules and requirements, plan your route and journey time to be punctual to the exam. It helps you set your brain ready for the exam and keeps you calm. Listening to music before exams is also a way to keep yourself calm.

After being handed the actual exam, it is crucial to calm yourself, take a few seconds, breathe deeply, focus on the paper, and avoid turning over the paper straight away. To build your confidence, begin with the most straightforward questions while planning your answers. If you go blank or freeze while doing your exam, have a look at something else other than the exam, breathe deeply and hold on until you’re calm to continue doing the exam. Rewarding yourself after you finish the exam, no matter how well or bad it goes, it gives you the confidence to wait for the outcome. It also motivates you to work hard, knowing when it goes well, you’re going to enjoy your reward.


Exam revision is essential if you are looking to ace your exams. It might seem complicated, but once you apply all the revision techniques provided in this article, you will find the revision of exams to be easy.

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