Once again exam season is upon us students here at The University of Bath. It is no surprise that during this time students are highly stressed when trying to revise numerous topics for multiple course units. To help minimise exam stress, the university arranged free yoga classes for all students at the Edge Arts Centre and in addition they have hosted various fun, interactive activities on campus to encourage students to take a healthy break from studying. Over the past years, some of these activities have included de-stressing in a room filled with puppies, setting up inflatables on the lawn by the Lime Tree and arranging a farm animal visit.
I highly recommend keeping your eyes open for any of these wonderful events if you end up studying here at Bath. In the meantime, here are some tips for organisation to minimise stress when studying at university.
The most common study approaches
- Make your own study notes – use colours to help you memorise key information
- Make Mind Maps – further stimulating your brain through visual materials
- Use Flashcards
- Read case studies – to further understand theory
- Take quizzes
- Brainstorm - theory discussions with friends
The different types of learners
Whether you are a visual or an auditory learner, there are various studying techniques, which can help you successfully understand and remember your course content for exams.
For visual learners – make study notes, mind maps and flash cards.
For auditory learners – read through your notes out loud. This reinforces your theory in three ways as you are reading it, speaking it and hearing it. Thus, leading to greater memorisation and understanding of your work.
For visual and auditory learners – you can stimulate both your visual and auditory learning senses by mind mapping notes on a whiteboard and explaining them out loud to yourself. You could also watch YouTube videos to help you to further understand a theory. YouTube videos will also stimulate your visual and auditory senses and allow for better memorising and understanding of course content.
Using bright colours to help you remember theories
When making your own study notes, mind maps and flashcards, I recommend using colour pens, highlighters and sticky notes (in moderation of course); as colours can help stimulate your brain and memory.
Here is an example of how you could lay out your flashcards:
The ‘examples’ section is a very useful element to include in your flashcards, especially for Management with Marketing students as many of your exams are essay based and to achieve a high mark in your essay exams you should include real-life examples to help justify your points made.
Other interesting organisation tactics
Tip 1: Make a contents page for each course unit, highlighting the main topics to learn. For Management students, this usually follows your course learning outcome topics, which are approximately 11 topics per unit (one topic per week). This personally helps me to see the bigger picture of all the unit content and how they related to each other. You could also use the page to test whether you are able to identify theory under these main topics.
Tip 2: Organise your stationary, having an organised desk while studying helps to organise your thoughts and allow for a clear, focussed study session.
I hope some of these tips help you when studying. Good luck for your exams when you are university!