5 Alternative Study Tips for Your Exams

Author: Dan Keating/11 April 2017/Categories: Leaving Cert, Junior Cert

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Alternative study tips to get the most out of your exams

There are many tried and tested ways to study but maybe these aren’t for you…or maybe you just want to try something new! Have a look at our 5 alternative study tips and see how you get on…

1. Read Out Loud

Reading out loud has been proven to have a different effect on the human brain when studying. You do not have to read aloud to anyone, you can read aloud to yourself. You may feel a little silly at first but lose your inhibitions and go for it. You will hear the words differently and take alternative meanings from it; it will solidify what you know about it and maybe leave you asking questions. Mispronunciation will highlight something you may not know; it will urge you to go look it up and in turn learn more!

Read for meaning with these simple tips!


2. Teach Someone Else

Talk to the people around you about what you are studying. As it was said before by Einstein, “If you cannot explain it simply, you do not know it well enough.” Put this to the test. Make sure you speak to as many people as you can about what you are learning and revising. The less someone knows about the subject the better; you can go into full detail and really explore your ideas. It will also help with sentence structure and articulation. You will surprise yourself with how much you know!

3. Study Groups

Revision is often considered a solitary activity and it does work for a lot of people but too much consistency can become boring and futile. Get together with a few others who take your subject, not even necessarily in your class. Pick a module or topic to talk through together, pool your ideas and help each other out. You can always reward yourselves with doing something fun after!


4. Memory Games

This may take a little bit of effort but it will inject a small element of fun in to your revision. Think of a game you like, such as ‘Pairs’. Now, swap the picture cards for flashcards related to your subject. It can be as detailed or simple as you like. Try to match the quotes/characters with the correct novel for example. You can also pair up with people and play things like hangman etc themed around your study.


5. Practice

Look at past exam papers and try answering a few questions. You don’t have to time yourself, or sit in silence or even restrict yourself the materials you need. Take it a step at a time, practice writing out your answers and then build up what you can. You can time yourself if you wish but just getting used to the possible exam questions and planning your answers will avoid a massive shock on the day.

Are you guilty of any of these worst study tips? Find out.

We hope these help!

Good Luck!



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