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Ace your exams without stress
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  • By Mamtaz
  • Tagged under: Studying

Mamtaz is in her second year of studying LLB (Hons) Law at Bradford. She shares her tips and advice for revision and exam preparation.

As a second-year law student, I find myself constantly immersed in the intricate world of jurisprudence and legal theory. My journey through law school has been both challenging and rewarding, shaping my passion for justice and advocacy. Exams can be daunting, but with the right strategies, you can conquer them with confidence.

In this blog, we'll explore proven revision tips and exam day practices to help you excel. From effective study plans to calming exam day nerves, let's dive into the essential tools for acing your exams.

How do you prepare for an exam?

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Create a study plan

The first step to preparing for the exam is organisation. Organise study material into a detailed plan. Shorten your modules into accessible parts, allocating certain time slots for each. This structured method hinders last-minute cramming and ensures that all topics are covered in detail.

Active learning techniques

Passive reading isn’t always effective when it comes to revising. Engaging in active recall and learning by summarising key topics, creating flashcards, or teaching the material to someone else not only reinforces your understanding but also makes the revision process more efficient.

Prioritise weak areas

Knowing your weak areas and focusing on them in your revision will save you time and help you cover topics that you find difficult. Allocating extra time on challenging topics ensures a balanced understanding of the entire module.

Tips and tricks for revision

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Mix up study methods

Vary the study techniques used in the revision plan. This will ensure that the revision is fun and interesting. Switch between writing, reading, covering and writing practical plans to stimulate parts of your brain and ensure that you are able to recall what you have learnt.

Stay organised

Keep the environment around you tidy and clean. A clutter-free environment leads to better focus and helps you be more proactive in your study sessions.

Healthy lifestyle

Just because an exam is around the corner, it doesn't mean you can't prioritise yourself just as much. The healthier you are in your body and mind, the less likely you will be to panic and stress about the exam. Prior to it, make sure that you are resting well, eating well, and taking time out for yourself.

On the day of the exams

Get a good night’s sleep

Getting a good rest is crucial so that you are focused on the exam. A well-rested mind is sharper and more able to handle challenging and complex questions and manage time effectively.

Arrive early

Arriving at the exam place ahead of the scheduled exam time can help avoid the stress of running late. Ensure that you know where your exam is held and your seat number. Familiarising yourself with the exam place before the exam is helpful as it reduces the stress of finding the exam room on the day of the exam when you are already full of anxiety.

Read the questions and instructions carefully

Before opening the exam paper, make sure that all the information on the front of the exam booklet is read carefully. It contains crucial information about your exam paper and its organisation. Take a moment to carefully read the exam questions, as rushing and stressing can lead to misinterpretation of what the questions are about or what they are asking. Knowing the exam format and requirements will help you allocate your time wisely.

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