Exam Preparation

Exam Prep

Yikes.. it's exam season and it feels like everyone around you has a plan?

  • The key is to stay calm and focused.
  • It is OK to feel a little bit stressed or anxious - it makes us work harder.
  • But try to get organised and the rest will follow. Setting up a revision plan is a good place to begin.
  • Set out which subjects you need to study for, and by when.
  • Then split the subject into modules or study sections, so you know roughly how much time you need to spend on each area.
  • You can use our handy revision planner, found here, to get you started.

So you have your plan - now for action.


  • Revise at a desk. 
    Do not try to study in bed, on the floor or in front of the TV. Your subconscious associates these places with relaxing. It is important to find a quiet place where you can set yourself up, away from any distractions, and focus. 

  • Take regular breaks. 
    You are not a robot. Set a timer to remind you to reward yourself every hour with a fifteen or twenty minute break.

  • Eat and drink.
    Your break is the perfect time to refuel your brain. We don't mean reward yourself with sweets and crisps - stocking up on the right foods and water will help you concentrate for longer and store those vital quotes for English Lit. 

    Have a look at our favourite exam snacks.

  • Do not panic.
    Stick to the revision plan, even if you don't feel like you've got far enough with that one topic which is taking a particularly long time to go in. 
    You can always re-visit your revision plan and add extra study slots for that hard module.

  • Meditate.
    You do not have to sit cross-legged with your eyes shut and hum - but when you close the textbooks for the day take ten minutes to stretch, sit in a different location and position, and focus on the sounds around you. Taking a few minutes to bring your mind back into the room and out of the text book, which will help you shut off for the night and rest.
    Try downloading a free mindfulness app on your phone to remind you to take ten minutes.

  • And.. rest.
    Get a good night's sleep. It is recommended the body needs 7.5 to 9 hours sleep a night to function properly. 
    Set an alarm and stick to it - in the morning enjoy breakfast and get dressed just like you would if you were heading to school or college to study.