June is just around the corner, and for many students that means it’s time to prepare for B-tests and exams. ESH Secondary’s School Counsellor, Lizeth Kessels, and School Psychologist, Michelle Sitskoorn have joined forces to share these valuable tips to make sure you are well prepared for your final assessments.
Study tips to help you prepare
- Hang up a big to-do list to keep a clear overview of what needs to be done.
- Choose the right moment. Some people learn better in the morning and some people learn better in the evening.
- Remove social media accounts from your phone and mute your notifications during study time.
- Alternate subjects. A whole day filled with one subject will be too overwhelming!
- Study with a friend to keep each other accountable.
- Read your texts out loud to help your brain withhold the information.
- If you’re having trouble staying focused, take a break. Go outside for a walk or bike ride.
- Use the pomodoro technique. For 25 minutes of learning, take a 5 minutes break.
- Close your book, set your speakers to maximum volume, put on your favourite song and shake it out for five minutes.
- Reward yourself after an hour of learning with either a nice snack, a round of TikTok, or a walk in the sun.
- Stop learning an hour before you go to sleep to give your brain some time to wind down. Getting a good night's sleep will benefit your studies.
- Avoid reviewing your notes immediately before an exam. This can increase stress and won’t improve your recall.
Exam tips for the big day
The night before
- Prepare for a top performance by getting enough sleep and eating a healthy meal.
- Prepare the material that you need the night before. Before you go to school, double check that everything's in your bag.
The morning of the exam
- Having some nerves is not a big deal at all - it's good! Nervous energy ensures that you are alert, both mentally and physically.
- If you begin to feel stressed, focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out deeply! Do a quick body scan and relax the muscles that feel tense.
- Don't drink an energy drink before your exam. Its sounds tempting, but it will only give you a boost for a few minutes, and then you’ll experience an energy dip and you won’t feel as awake. It is better to eat a banana and to drink enough water to improve your concentration.
During the exam
- Always scan through your exam completely. This way you can see which topics are covered, how many points are awarded for each question, and how much time you might need to spend on each section.
- If you get stuck at a specific question, don’t be afraid to skip it and move one to the next one. You can always come back later!
Get in touch
Need some more advice? If you have any last minute questions or just need some reassurance that everything will be okay, please contact us on Teams or drop by in our room, 1.18.
Lizeth Kessels, School Counsellor
Michelle Sitskoorn, School Psychologist