How to Ace Your Exams

Whether you’re in Year 12 or study at university, end of year exams are fast-approaching. Being a journalism student means that I rarely have exams (I know, lucky me). I mostly have assignments like essays, reports and news stories. Don’t be fooled though, I’ve sat plenty of exams in my time as a student! So with that in mind, I’ve decided to share some of my best tips.


1. Develop a solid study routine

Now’s the time to think about how you will prepare for exams. Decide on a practical study routine that supports your goals. In Year 12, I dedicated at least half an hour to each of my subjects per day. You might want to study more of less than that. It’s up to you! What’s important is that you stick to some kind of routine.

2. Measure your progress

How will you measure your progress? You might want to create a practice exam tally board like I did in Year 12. You might decide to use a study tracker to stay motivated. You might also measure your progress by looking at the scores from your practice essays and exams. Are you improving? If you’re not, look through your work thoroughly to figure out what’s holding you back.

3. Have a study buddy

Know someone taking the same class as you? Organise to meet up with them on a weekly basis. Spend an hour or so quizzing each other, as you go through your notes. Practice explaining different definitions and concepts. Trust me, it helps!

4. Utilise your teachers and tutors

What always baffled me during my high school and university years, was how many people took their teachers and tutors for granted. Teachers and tutors are there to help you! Ask them questions. Organise a time to meet up with them to go through practice essays and exams. Email them. Utilise their knowledge and wisdom to the best of your ability.

The most successful students I know, are the ones who continue to ask questions. Even if you think you know your coursework well, be open to receiving feedback and guidance from those who teach your subject and assess your work!

5. Have tunnel vision

I know it’s not the most ideal time of year to be stuck indoors studying. The weather’s getting warmer here in Melbourne, Australia, and it seems like everyone’s partying or going on holiday. Just remember that there’s plenty of time to have fun after your exams. Focus on what you have to get done, and then you can celebrate!

P.S. If you want some extra tips and tricks, download my free poster here.