Third-year English student Bethan shares some top tips on how to make this exam season your best ever.
Please note that these tips are not a substitute for support with mental and physical health problems. If you are unwell in any capacity and this has been worsened by exam season, please contact your GP or alternatively your personal tutor for more advice. Find information about King’s wellbeing support via Student Services Online.
1. Study smarter
I would say study smart and not hard, but realistically both may be required. Fine-tuning your study skills could have a massive impact on the efficiency of your learning, and consequently, increase your leisure time. I’m going to outline two study techniques that I like.
The Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is a time management method which uses a timer to break work into intervals. These intervals are typically 25 minutes in length, separated by short and long breaks. I like to use Pomofocus to do this because you can adjust the amount of time you set for the intervals, short breaks and long breaks, as well as attributing specific tasks to each interval.
Active recall involves a set of study techniques that require actively testing and retrieving information, instead of passively reading it: one example of this would be flash cards. Active recall study techniques have consistently been proved to be the most effective. In one of the most popular studies cited in supporting active recall, they found that students who used active recall were able to remember about 80% of new terms compared to 34% for the control group.