Exam Stress Tip #2: Know Your Study Type.
I think one of the most important things about managing your exam stress is knowing how you study. It might sound a little bit silly, because studying is just studying, right? I beg to differ. Everyone studies in their own unique way, and you need to find the way that works best for you. I think that once you find your perfect study method, you will feel much less stress throughout the process.
There are two main ways of figuring out how you study best. The first is based on experience. For those who have had plenty of practice studying in the past, use your past experiences to adjust your current study method. For example, I learned in high school that I don’t study well if my exam is still weeks away. Instead, I am much more motivated and productive a week or two before my exam; this is my “prime study time”. Now, some people might say that I just leave it to the last minute, that I procrastinate too much, that I’m just too lazy. They might think that I’m not disciplined enough to plan out my studying weeks in advance. They might be right or wrong; all I know is that it works for me. I have studied this way for the past 5 years, and I always do pretty well in my exams. Don’t let others make you feel bad about your study method. At the end of the day, your exam result matters, not how you get it.
The second way of finding your best study method is through a test. There are plenty of online tests that you can take that try pinpoint the best way for you to study, try this one or this one. I have taken them in the past and they have revealed some things that I have never thought about. For example, my answers showed that I’m easily distracted by noise, and that I would thus be better off studying on my own in a quite area, as opposed as to a place like the park. I tried this method and it worked, and I now apply it to my study plan. You might not agree with everything the test says, but I definitely recommend it as a basis for finding your study type.
As a final note, please don’t stress about finding your perfect study method, because that will just cause more stress on top of your exam stress (let’s see how many times Eline can use “stress” in a sentence…). Just try and find what works best for you, and go with it!
Check back tomorrow for tip #3!