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    SAM's Study tips No 10: Which revision technique works for you? - memorise, summary notes, keywords, diagrams, find out early and use it!
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    Study tips No 11: Try to think of exam day as just another school or college day - you'll be more relaxed that way.
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    SAM's Study tips 12: Work in 10 min bursts, have a 10 min break, start again. Build to 20 or 40 min bursts, keeping breaks to 10 min. It works!
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    SAM's Study tips 13: If you don't understand something, getting stressed won't help. Take action - ask your teacher or your class mates to help.
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    SAM's Study tips 14: Be realistic - if you think "anything less than A+ means I've failed" then you are creating unnecessary stress for yourself. Do your best, to expect better is unrealistic.
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    SAM's Study tips 15: Don't drink too much coffee, tea and fizzy drinks; the caffeine will put you on edge and make your thinking less clear.
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    Study tips 16: Make it personal. Find your own deep and compelling reason to learn your subject successfully and pass your exams. After all, it's you that is going to benefit from passing them. And nobody else can do the studying for you.
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    Study tips 17: Read the question completely and fully understand what the examiner wants before you begin answering the questions. Very often marks are lost by saying what you want to say, rather than understanding what the examiner wants to hear.

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    SAM's Study tips 18: Make sure you have one weekend day when you don't do revision or think about exams - you'll come back to it refreshed. Make sure it's just the one though!
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    SAM's Study tips 19: Eat sensibly – healthy eating can improve your performance. Eating little and often keeps your energy levels up.
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    I find listening to soothing natural sounds helps keep me calm and concentrated during study.

    For example, recordings of the Amazon jungle, or perhaps some soothing Japanese music (so good...).

    Listening to familiar music isn't always good - you get distracted by it because your brain starts following the lyrics/tune as it recognizes it. Music stuck in head during work = immediate failure.
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    Interesting Coco. Everyone is different, but it's generally proven that familiar music works best provided it is reasonably gentle. However creating a soundscape as you are doing will also be very effective for many. Experiment a bit!
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    SAM's Study tips 20: Only revise 2 subjects a day - more can confuse. Mix them up so you revise one favourite and one you're less keen on.
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    SAM's Study tips 21: Separate revision notes into different folders so you know where each subject is and each subject doesn’t look too overwhelming.
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    SAM's Study tips 22: Difficult one this. Avoid arguments at school and at home. They will upset you, put you under pressure and affect your studying.
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    SAM's Study tips 23: Practise some past papers under timed conditions, so you can handle the pressure better when the big day comes.
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    SAM's Study tips 24: Try to revise one section of notes, or one set of topics together.
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    SAM's Study tips 25: Remember - after the exam there will be plenty of time to chill and relax with no more revision hanging over you. This will help you relax before the event too.
 
 
 
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