Let’s be honest, no one likes doing exams, do they? From the long hours spent studying beforehand to the agonising wait after they’re all finished while you wait for your results, every single aspect of exams can be stressful! So how do you ensure you’re set up for a win? Follow our top tips for exam success and you won’t go far wrong next time you have a big test to cram for.

Sleep, Eat, Relax, Repeat

One of the first tips for exam success is pretty simple: get some sleep. We all know that sleeping is important, but many students don’t get a great deal of sleep coming up to important exams. Whether you’re up at night worrying about the outcome, or burning the candle at both ends studying, you need to still be getting a solid 8 hours. When you rest and relax you are giving your brain some much needed time to reset, ready for the next day of revision. You also need to make sure that you are taking the time to eat nutritional meals too. Bananas, fish, blueberries and avocados are all brain-food which will boost your brain’s function and help you retain that all-important knowledge.

Exercise Your Body As Well As Your Mind

Learning, studying and testing yourself is all very well and good, but if you’re stuck crouched over a laptop in your room for 6 hours every day you’re bound to burn out (or at least get bored) very quickly. When your brain seizes up like this it will refuse to take in any more information and those hours studying will be wasted, so ensure you’re exercising your body regularly to give yourself a bit of a break. A swim, a run or a brisk walk every now and again will boost your energy, get your adrenaline going and help keep you in peak mental (as well as physical) shape.

Take Regular Breaks

This tip for exam success is as old as time itself, but it’s perhaps the most important hint of all. Did you know that taking regular breaks from studying can actually increase your attention and your knowledge retention? After a certain amount of time the brain gets tired and stops absorbing information as well as it once did, so scientists suggest that every 90 minutes or so you take a 10 or 15-minute break to optimise your productivity. To sweeten the deal, try building in a task you really enjoy during your break, like having a cup of tea or watching one of your favourite programs.

We hope you find our tips for exam success useful. If you’d like more information on how Oxford College of Marketing can help you achieve success in your CIM examinations, get in touch with one our student support representatives. You can call them on +44 (0)1865 515255 or email enquiries@oxfordpeg.com

Good luck with your exams!