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Ace your exam with these seven tips


Exam week has arrived. Let’s face it, this is never a fun time. Stress levels are generally high, and nerves abound. You’re on the last stretch now. It’s time for all those long hours spent studying to finally pay off.

At IBTC we know how demanding and stressful this period can be. We like to help our students get ahead, so we have put together a few simple tips to assist you this exam week.
1.    Focus on what you know

If you’re not finished studying, it can be very tempting to cram in the last few chapters. Don’t do this. Research shows that cramming does not work. In one study participants lost 80% of what they thought they had learnt through cramming. Cramming stores information in your short-term memory but doesn’t create a lasting connection. As a result, you feel as if you know the work. but when it comes to the crunch you can’t recall it. We suggest you focus on revising what you have already studied and make sure you are confident with those sections rather than rushing through what’s left.

2.    Get a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep may not be high on your agenda before an exam, but it really should be. Studies show that learners can remember and consolidate material more effectively having slept on the new information.

3.    Do a stationery check

Don’t forget that you need to bring your Identification Document as well as the necessary stationery to your exam. If you need a calculator, make sure that the batteries are charged and always carry an extra pen or pencil just in case.

4.    Fuel up

Walking into an exam hungry can be a distraction and, according to recent research, it can also negatively impact your exam performance. In one study, students who ate breakfast before an exam performed better than those that didn’t. On exam day, be sure to include a portion of food rich Omega 3, such as smoked mackerel, it’s known for its  brain boosting properties!

5.    Arrive on time

Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam. Exams are stressful enough, don’t add to this stress by having to rush to the venue. 
6.    Breathe

As obvious as this may sound, take a moment to breathe and collect your thoughts before you begin the exam. Taking a few deep breaths will help to keep you calm and focussed.

Good luck to everyone writing this coming week. You’ve got this!

IBTC exam centres

If you reside in Cape Town or Johannesburg, you can write your exam at the IBTC Pearson VUE centres. Have a cup of coffee and a biscuit before you write, and meet our staff! Here is how to book IBTC as your exam centre:

ACCA: To use our exam centre, you simply need to call Robert on 0861 111 411 for available dates and times.