Exam time will be nearly here. You need to get yourself ready for your study sessions and the morning of your exam. I don’t want to take up a lot of your time with a blog post, so let’s get straight into these nine exam study supplies you need to make your life easier.
A Wall Calendar to Make Out Your Exam Timetable
Invest in a wall calendar. I recommend a large one that will show the next few months to help you map out all your exams and create a good study schedule. This will also help you set out some interviews for jobs if you’re graduating or looking for summer work. If you already have a job, you can book in extra sessions if you need to.
2017 Wall Planner (LARGE or SMALL) Year Planner, Calendar Planner (a2 blue folded)
The downside of a large wall calendar is that most aren’t reusable. You may view it as a waste of money. If you want something reusable, a white board calendar is a good alternative. I have one for managing the TV schedule for my Entertainment News. It’s good for monthly plans but not the greatest for planning further in advance.
While phone calendars are good, getting a wall calendar is still preferably. You’ll physically see the dates every time you walk into the room.
Your Exam Time Study Calendar
Two weeks ago I shared tips to create an exam time study calendar. This is one of the best exam study supplies to have right now. It will help you create a plan for this short period of time in your life, making it easier to manage time and remain focused.
The exam study calendar will work with the wall calendar. You use the dates of your exam timetable to help set up a plan for your studying needs. This helps you decide which modules need your attention first.
Create a study calendar that you can put on your wall, next to your wall calendar. You want to keep it in line of sight whenever you’re home to help keep you on track.
Printer Ink and Paper
Stock up on the ink and paper for your printer. There will be some notes that you’ll want to print off or diagrams that you create to help you memorise the material.
This isn’t the time to print off all your notes. Your revision periods aren’t the time to learn new material but to cover old material to make sure you remember it.
Print off material that you want to highlight for the future—information that is somewhat useful but not necessarily essential. We’ll get on to the study tools for essential information later.
Grab Fresh Notebooks for Your Modules
I liked to have a notebook for each module. This allowed me to stick to a flow and not have to find the last page with the current module. I could also colour code to make it easier to grab the right notebook for revision.
Just have notebooks. As you look through your old notes and textbooks, you will pick out new information. You’ll want to condense your notes down, so you only include the most important statistics, words, and content to revise.
Grab Post-Its and Page Markers
If you find a specific page in a textbook that you want to remember for later, you’ll want to invest in some Post-Its and page markers. They allow you to jot something quick, stick the note in your book, and remove when you’re finished.
You don’t want to write directly into the textbooks, especially if you’re planning on selling the textbooks after or they’re library books. Plus, the page markers make it easier to find individual pages when you’re looking for the information quickly.
Don’t stick Post-Its everywhere. You want to use them for the most important information in a chapter or to remind you of the location of a diagram or chart.
Get Some Coloured Pens and Highlighters
On your own notes, grab a highlighter and mark out the important information. This should only be the important sections that you need to worry. Too many students get highlighter-happy and soon their whole page is covered in yellow!
I also found coloured pens helpful. With my computing degree, I could write out important code in one colour, statistics in another, and general notes in a third colour. At a glance, I knew what I was looking at.
The coloured pens and highlighters can be used on printed and written notes. You can also use them on Post-Its or on your exam time study calendar.
Don’t forget to have plenty of normal blue and black pens. You’ll need them for your exams.
Make Revision Cards with Cue Cards
One of the best exam time study supplies that I had from GCSEs onward was my cue cards. I could write the question on one side and the answer on the other. It was possible to just look at the question and quiz myself on the answer. If I wasn’t sure about the answer, I had it on the back to check.
Others used cue cards to mark down the most important pieces of information from notes. People would transfer the elements they highlighted.
Herlitz A6 Ruled Record Card – Assorted Colours (200 Pieces)
Have a Small Diary
Whether it’s a computer based or a paper one, make sure you have a small diary. This should have your schedule, your exam timetable, and everything that is on your wall calendars.
Sure, you’re just repeating information but it helps to keep your schedule wherever you go. You never know when you get an email about a schedule change. When you have a small diary, you can make quick notes and changes and then add them to your wall calendar when you get home.
There’s no need to just hope that you remember! In fact, there are high chances you won’t remember, as you’re so busy trying to remember everything you’ve learnt the last year!
Stock Up on Brain Food and Fluids
It’s easy to forget about looking after yourself during exam time. You start reaching for the coffee, the burgers, and the junk food. However, none of these are helping to fuel your body.
You want to stock up on filling brain food and the right fluids. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, rather than coffee. Opt for lemon water to get a little refreshing boost for a change.
As for brain food, stock up on oily fish, nuts, and seeds. They will help offer healthier alternatives to crisps, chocolates, and burgers. They have healthy fats that have been linked to improving the memory, concentration, and other cognitive processes.
The morning of your exams, have a good, filling breakfast. Take a bottle of water into the exam with you and consider chewing gum—known for improving your ability to concentrate during an exam.
Are you ready for your exams? Stock up on the above exam study supplies and you will make it easier to get through this stressful time.