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Year 12 Survival Guide

How to nail your exams

Starting your exams?

Now is the time to shake your worst study habits and get down to business.

Stressing out is not going to help. Keeping level headed and remembering some of these basic tips will help you maintain balance and study more effectively.

1. Sleep well

Never underestimate a good night’s sleep. Sleep will clear your head and leave you fresh, alert and ready for action. Adults are recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night and school age children 9-11 hours.

2. Eat Well

Eat meals regularly to stay healthy and keep your mind in focus. Studies have hinted that feeling hungry can affect attention span and irritability, none of which are helpful when studying.

3. Take breaks – go outside

Even though you are busy studying, you should take regular short breaks to clear your head and re-energise. Getting out for some exercise or for a quick catch up with friend can be very beneficial.

4. Make a list

Stop chasing your tail, make a list of the topics you need to cover and stick to it. Cross off items when you have completed each one, you’ll be amazed at how good it feels.

5. Note taking and repetition

Add structure to your notes – use bullet points. Highlight and colour code key points. Review your notes, and repeat what you are learning – repetition will help you remember. Some find it useful to type out notes, not only to tidy them up but also to encourage you to repeat and review.

6. Group Study

Getting together with your peers and studying collaboratively can make study a little more interesting and less daunting, though in this situation it is important to stay on topic.

7. Know when to turn off your phone

Don’t be tempted by distractions and remember not to procrastinate. A five-minute social media check could be stretched for hours. Have set times where you turn off your phone, it won’t kill you, only make you stronger!

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