Annabel Hodson | Six tips to help you ace exams

by Annabel Hodson

Exams can be a stressful time, but finding interesting ways to study can make the process easier and help you learn more effectively. These are some of the techniques I regularly use to help remember important concepts for exams.

(1)   Mnemonics (ne-mon-ics)

Mnemonics are an easy way to remember difficult words or ideas. For example: “I Pee More After Tea Constantly” is an easy way for biology students to remember the lifecycle of cells – “Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase, Cytokinesis ”. A quick google search can show you lots of other mnemonics for different subjects.

(2)   Read aloud

Reading study notes aloud is one of the easiest ways to consolidate information learned in class. This technique is even more effective when done with friends, who can test you using flashcards.

(3)   YouTube

Rather than using YouTube to fuel your procrastination, start using it as an extra study tool! No matter the subject, there are plenty of YouTube channels which break down complicated topics into something short and easy to understand. Try Khan Academy or Sparknotes as a start.

(4)  Pictures

Pictures, mind-maps and lots of colour help create visual images which are easy to remember, even when you’re stressed during exams.

(5)   Practice Exams

Set up a desk at home, download a practice exam, and spend a few hours simulating the real exam environment. Not only does this technique help you to revise content, but the real exam will feel much less daunting when the time comes. The SACE website has past exams for South Australian Stage 2 subjects, just search for your subject and look under the support materials section.

(6)   Find what works for you

Lastly (and most importantly), find a study method which you’re most comfortable with. Whether this means studying early in the morning, taking regular breaks or studying with friends, it is important to find a method that helps you study best.

Ready for more study tips? Check out these articles by Tom and Kirstie!

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