Planning your study over the next two weeks? Check out these exam preparation tips to help you maximize the use of your time and get the results you want!

Time – Set up a study timetable for the study period prior to the exams. Remember to allocate time for recreational activity – this allows a certain amount of leeway in your day so that if you ‘run over’, you have some time to play with.

Energy – Notice when you have the most energy during the day and schedule study time for those periods. Some people are more alert early in the day and others in the evening or late at night.

Management – Break down the study schedule into exams to be taken, number of topics to be studied for each subject and the number of hours given to each subject, each day.

SMART Goals – Goal set for each session, day and for each week of study, keep them SMART (specific, measurable, action, realistic, time). This keeps your focus in the here and now.

Research – Allow time for searching the internet for extra facts and figures that will help you answer exam questions more effectively. Up-to-date statistics and figures help bring more depth to your answers.

Learning Style – Know what type of learner you are – Take the VARK Questionnaire to see what your learning style is and use this information to study effectively.

Read our last minute exam preparation tips here!

For more tips on things you can do to maximize your exam performance check out DCU’s Student Support and Development guide to to getting the results you want.

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