Five steps to exam success

1.Organise your study time and don’t leave it until the last minute. A timetable is vital and can be set out on paper or online. Have a look at or for some study/revision time timetables that might appeal to you.

2. Organise the area where you will be studying. It needs to be comfortable but at the same time you must be able to focus on the task in hand. Think about what works for you – silence or background music? Do you prefer your working area to be tidy or cluttered? One very important thing – remove distractions!

3. Organise to meet friends or class mates for a study session. Bounce ideas off each other – they may be able to explain something you’re having a problem with and vice versa. Focus on a set topic for an agreed amount of time. Use our Facebook page (PVLT) or our Twitter page (PVLTOldham) and set up a ‘study buddy’ arrangement with other like-minded students!

4. As you get towards exam time and revision intensifies, build regular breaks into your timetable. Studying for extensive amounts of time can be counterproductive. You shouldn’t feel guilty going out for a walk or visiting the gym for an hour. Also decide are you a morning person or a night owl? Think about when you consider you are at your best for learning.

5. On the evening before an exam, don’t cram or sit up until 3.00 am as it will serve no purpose. On the day of the exam, make sure you set your alarm and you are ready in good time. Don’t skimp on breakfast. Arrive at your exam centre in good time and when it’s all over, don’t do a post mortem.

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