* Make sure you understand what you have studied. Don’t just try to memorise it.

Ask your teacher or classmates for help if you find something difficult to understand.


* Look again at what you have studied as soon as possible after class.

You are more likely to remember information if you look at it again within 24 hours

of first hearing it.


* Organise your study time

A revision timetable will help you make the most of your study time.


* Eat something before you study

Food will give your brain the energy it needs to concentrate for long periods of time.

Fruit is a good choice – the sugar in fruit will keep you more awake than coffee.


* Drink plenty of water while you study

Not drinking enough water can make you lose concentration and make it harder for

you to remember information. You should drink 250ml of water for every hour of



* Choose places to study where you will not be disturbed

Noise and other distractions make it difficult to concentrate and can affect the amount

of information  you remember.


* Take regular breaks during study time

Taking a 20 minute break every two hours will give you time to remember what you

have already learned and also help you concentrate for the next two hours.


* Take practice tests

There is no better way to prepare for a test  than to take regular practice tests. Not only

can you learn the language you need to pass the exam, but you can also get to know

the style of exam questions and practise good exam techniques.


* Join a study group

Studying with friends and classmates can help motivate you to study more regularly.


* Work out when you study best

Some  people work best in the mornings, others at night. Decide when you work at

your best and try to study at those times.




* Get at least 6 hours sleep the night before a test

You are more likely to remember what you have learned if you have had a good

night’s sleep.

* Eat before a test

Food will give your brain energy and help you to concentrate.

* Wear comfortable clothing

Being uncomfortable is a distraction. Also, it’s better to wear several layers of

clothing so you can put on or take off an item if you feel hot or cold.


* If possible, sit at the front of the examination room

If you sit at the front, of the room you are less likely to be distracted by other students

and can hear the recording better for the listening paper.


* Make sure you understand all the instructions before you begin

Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner to repeat any information you are unsure about.


* Before you start your test, quickly look at the whole test paper

Looking at the test paper quickly before you start will help you to manage your time

better. Decide how long you should spend on each question.


* Always read the questions carefully

One of the most common mistakes students make is not to read the questions carefully

enough. Read all instructions slowly and twice if you have time.


* Answer the questions you find easy first

Answering the questions you find easy first will give you confidence and save you

time later on.


* Don’t waste time on questions you cannot answer

Spending a lot of time on a question can make you lose confidence. If you can’t

answer a questions go to the next one and come back to it later, if you have time.


* Check your answers carefully

If you have time at the end of the exam, read through your answers. But remember,

your first answer is usually correct so only change answers if you see a mistake.


* Be positive and try to stay relaxed

If you are relaxed you will be able to concentrate better. Breathe slowly and deeply

and try to put all negative thoughts out of your mind.