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Exam Survival tips

9 January 2019

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Are you in the middle of revising for your January exams? Continue reading this blog for some exam survival tips to get you through it.

#1 Eat and drink well!

Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, yogurt and blueberries. Make sure to also eat a healthy meal or snacks before an exam – this will provide a slow release of energy throughout, whereas sugar will crash your energy levels.

As well as this, remember to be well hydrated because this is essential for your brain to work at its best!

#2 Organise a study group

Getting together with friends can be extremely beneficial when revising, even if you prefer revising on your own. You may have questions on a particular topic that you are unsure on which they can help with and vice versa.

Explaining an answer to a friend can also help you get a topic clear in your head and highlight any areas that need improvement.

#3 Practice old exams and questions

One of the most effective ways to prepare for an exam is by practising past versions. Get used to the format of the questions and answering them in timed conditions. By doing this, you will be able to plan how you would like to undertake the real exam.

#4 Take regular breaks

When revising, make sure to take regular breaks. You may think you will be more productive studying as many hours as possible, however this can actually be counterproductive. Your breaks could include reading a book, watching your favourite TV show or socialising with your friends – whatever helps you relax!

Develop a routine that works for you. If you like to work in the mornings, start early and take a break at lunchtime and if you enjoy working in the evenings, rest before an evening of revision – just remember not to work 24/7!

#5 Trust yourself!

Try to avoid discussing the course and the content before an exam, and especially avoid discussing the exam afterwards. This can make you panic and think you could have done things differently. Trust yourself and your answers.


By following these simple tips, you should hopefully feel relaxed and calm for your exams.

Loughborough University London would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best of luck for your exams – you can do this!

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