1. Wake Up Early!
It’s easy to get into the habit of sleeping in late, then trying to catch up on your studying late into the night.
This means your body clock will switch to be most alert at night time – like a nocturnal animal. You won’t be at your best for morning exams, and your scores may suffer.
Set the alarm to get up early, so you will perform to the highest level in those morning exams.
Morning can also be the best time for learning key information, we have it all organised for you in the A-Z Index and IGCSE Flashcards.
2. Avoid Distractions
Lots of students find it hard to stay focused when they’re studying. Put away your phone, you will not take in much of what you are studying if you have a distraction such as a phone to check constantly.
Always try and study in a quiet room without phones or family members to distract you.
We’ve got focus mode in all our IGCSE courses so you can concentrate on learning the key content.
3. Eat Well
Even if you’re studying a lot, It’s really important to keep some balance in your life. Eating a healthy balanced diet improves your memory and helps you to process information faster.
Exams can also be very stressful, eating well also reduces stress levels and the negative effects that stress has on your body.
I don’t have any study food recipes to recommend, but you can find the A* recipe to all questions in the IGCSE LaunchPad Guides.
4. Take Breaks
While you may think it’s best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive.
If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn’t try and run 24 hours a day. Likewise, studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps.
Also vary the study activities you are completing, from quizzes, to flashcards to reviewing topic guides.
5. Test Yourself
It’s really important to study actively. One of the best ways you can do this is by testing yourself on past exam questions. Lots of students make the mistake of trying to study by simply taking in all the information that they can.
One of the best ways of learning is taking our Knowledge Check-Up and we have hundreds of quiz questions available as part of the IGCSE essentials membership.