Feel Good Focus April: Exams

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Date: 01 April - 30 April 2018
Venue: Various
Time: Various

Organise your study space

If you tend to study at home, make sure you have a clear desk or table to work on. Try to remove potential distractions such as TVs and game consoles. Make sure you're sat in a comfortable seat (not on your bed!) in a well-lit room.

Think big then condense

An effective way to revise is to start by thinking about the gaps in your knowledge on a diagram. Visual aids can be useful to see where the gaps are. Then, as your revision progresses, try to condense your diagrams and notes down to cue cards.

Go over it again and again... and again

Studies have shown that going over your revision several times significantly improves your memory recall on exam day. Test yourself, write it down and tell a friend - keep doing it.

Be active about it

Studies also show that handwriting your notes is much more effective than highlighting your textbook, rereading your notes or typing notes up on the computer

Don't leave it until the last minute

Students are renowned for last-minute cramming the night before the exam, but this is not an effective way to revise or prepare for you exams. Draw up a timetable to allocate sufficient time all of your exams.

Take regular breaks

Make sure you take regular ten-minute breaks, about every 45 minutes. After 45 minutes your concentration will begin to wane, so by taking regular breaks you will be using the time you spend studying more effectively.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is extremely important for consolidating memory, which is why it's essential you're not only well rested before your exam but for your whole revision period. Aim for eight hours a night. For tips about how you can sleep better, take a look at last month's Feel Good Focus.

Eat well

Even though you may feel that you don't have enough time to cook, it's important that you take the time to cook nutritious food. Just like you would if you were training for a marathon, eating right is just as important for you brain before exams. Aim to increase your intake of oily fish such as salmon, fruit such as blueberries as well as nuts and seeds. Here's ten foods to boost your brainpower.


Keeping up with regular exercise will improve your concentration, reduce stress and help with your sleep. Aim for 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity; this could be swimming, walking, jogging or cycling!

PAL workshops

There are also PAL workshops to help you during exams:

Cost: Free
E-mail: feedgood@uwe.ac.uk

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