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17 February 2022

How To Survive The Exam Period At University


At McComb Students, we know how difficult it can be to juggle social life with studying and a part-time job. That’s why – at our student accommodation in Ormskirk – we provide uber comfy beds, so you’re always guaranteed a good night’s sleep.

Though it’s important to make time for relaxing, if you’re to ace your studies, you don’t want to lose sight of your priorities. And that means putting aside any distractions and finding the time to do some revision.

Struggling to find the motivation to study for your exams? There are a few simple things you can do.

Let’s take a closer look at them.


8 revision tips all students need to know


1.    Create a timetable

Rule number one when revising is to always give yourself plenty of time to cover all of the topics in detail. Creating a revision timetable and mixing up the order of your modules to keep your mind from wandering will help.

It’s a good idea to break your studying into 20-30 minute blocks, to avoid cramming too much in at once. And remember to always take a break in between.


2.    Find your focus

Some students prefer to study in groups at the library whilst others would rather study at their student accommodation in Ormskirk on their own.

If you benefit from study sessions with your pals, be sure to pencil something in your diary and book out a space in advance. You can bet everyone will have the same idea when exams are looming.

If you prefer to work alone but struggle to be productive at your student digs, just make sure you take your headphones and switch your phone off (or put it on Do Not Disturb) to minimise distractions.


3.    Read over lectures notes

The idea behind making notes during lectures is to help you with your coursework, assignments and exams. But, after going to the effort of jotting things down, so many students only revisit their notes the week (or night) before an exam.

Don’t make the same mistake. If you’re waiting for a friend and you’ve got a spare 5 minutes, quickly refresh your memory and read over your revision notes. Alternatively, load up your notes on your phone whilst you’re eating breakfast and have a quick browse through.


4.    Get into a good bedtime routine

Did you think set bedtimes were reserved for your childhood years? Think again.

Going to bed around the same time every night will not only prevent you from feeling sluggish the next day but it means you won’t be wasting valuable revision time.

Experts recommend that adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Anything less than that and you’ll probably feel too sleepy to revise.


5.    Start in the morning

As they say, the early bird catches the worm. If you set your alarm clock for 9am, for instance, not only will you beat the mad rush in the kitchen at breakfast but you’ll also have more free time to yourself in the evening.

By getting up early and not lazing around in bed all day, you needn’t worry about missing out on your social life. You’ll be able to meet up with friends, catch up with loved ones back home and perhaps do the weekly shop – which leads us nicely onto our next tip.


6.    Eat well and often

The exam period can be hectic, but you mustn’t skip meals.

Although you might be tempted to have a takeaway delivered to your student accommodation in Ormskirk or ping something in the microwave for ease – don’t.

To boost your productivity when preparing for tests, you need to be eating nutritional foods that enable your brain to function effectively. Things like oats, spinach, broccoli, blueberries and walnuts all aid concentration.

It’s also important to drink plenty of water and avoid drinking caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, Coca-Cola and energy drinks, late on in the day.


7.    Use past papers

This is by far one of the best revision techniques out there.

Finding exam papers from previous years will give you an idea of the style of questions asked, allowing you to plan and practice your answers.

Alternatively, you could set yourself one exam-style question after studying a specific module to test your knowledge and see how many marks you would have got if it was the real thing.


8.    Make it fun

One of the biggest mistakes students make when preparing for examinations is squeezing too much in at the last minute. The trick is to make learning fun. Giving yourself something to look forward to will help you stay motivated too.

For example, you could plan a cinema trip with mates, cook some tasty grub for your tea at your student accommodation or arrange a big night out for after your exams.

Most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself. Revision can be a huge commitment, but if you stick to your plan and get your head down, it’ll be worth it in the long run.


Get in touch

If you’d like more tips on preparing for an exam or you have a question about our student accommodation in Ormskirk, please don’t hesitate to contact McComb Students.

Either give us a call on 01695 422 122 or email, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

By the McComb Bloggers

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