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Top Tips for Exam Season

Exam season doesn’t need to get you down! With the right preparation and factoring in plenty of opportunities to clear your head, your exam experience can be one to be proud of.

We asked some of current students for their tips to help guide your studies:

Create a Study Plan That Works for You

We all have a different approach to learning, and one of the first steps in preparing for exams is to create a study plan that suits your learning style.

  1. Identify your goals and priorities: Start by setting clear goals for each subject and prioritise the topics that require more attention.
  2. Break it down: Divide your study sessions into manageable chunks, focusing on one topic at a time. This will help you stay organised and on track.
  3. Set a schedule: Allocate specific time slots for studying each day, ensuring you have enough time for breaks and other commitments.
  4. Create a conducive study environment: Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can concentrate and avoid distractions. Sometimes it helps to study in a few different spaces and rotate between them.

Factor in Regular Breaks and Self-Care

Taking regular breaks during your study sessions will enhance your productivity by improving focus and concentration and enhancing learning and retention.

Adding short physical exercises during your study schedule helps improve blood circulation and keeps your body energised. Simple activities like walking, doing a few stretches or even practicing deep breathing exercises can invigorate both your mind and body.

You could also look at setting specific goals for each study session and rewarding yourself with a short break after achieving them, helping create a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

Plus, don’t forget to take care of yourself during this period. Ensure you get enough sleep, include healthy meals, and engage in activities that help you relax and unwind. A healthy mind and body are essential for optimal exam performance.

Get Out and Explore Aberdeen

Building on the earlier point about breaks and self-care, we’re really lucky to have a huge array of different landscapes and environments for students to escape to and clear their heads.

Blow away the cobwebs at Aberdeen Beach or why not take a lunch break at one of the city’s picturesque parks including:

  1. The newly renovated Union Terrace Gardens
  2. Duthie Park
  3. Seaton Park
  4. Bon Accord Terrace Gardens (by Bauhaus Langstane place); or take a stroll around the city centre to shops attractions for a change of scene.

Aberdeen city centre also offers several short walks that showcase its historical charm and natural beauty which will break up your study time:

  1. Old Aberdeen: Explore the medieval streets of Old Aberdeen, dotted with cobbled lanes and stunning buildings like King’s College.
  2. Footdee: Wander through the picturesque fishing village of Footdee, known for its colourful cottages and maritime charm.

Alternatively, take a stroll around the city centre or one of the shopping centres and engage in some retail therapy, or just to enjoy a change of scene.

If in Doubt, Ask for Help!

Remember, there’s a number of places to go to for support if you’re struggling and need a hand to get started.

Your university or college has student support officers, and many institutions also hold study strategy and skills courses on the run up to exam time to help you hone your skills and tackle any particular issues you might be having.

Don’t be afraid to speak directly to your individual lecturers for any course-related advice. Your institution wants you to succeed, so make sure you use the services available to you!