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How to Study for a Business Course

How to Study For a Business Course

During my Easter break I need to write 3 essays and prepare for 2 exams. These are my top tips for revision.

girl studying on lawn

1: Buy some nice stationary!

I find that having nice pens, bright notebooks and folders make me feel much more positive about revision. You don’t have to spend loads of money, Tesco supermarket have loads of cheap stationary that is really nice and there is one just a 5-minute walk from campus. Also, you can find branded stationary in shops such as TKMaxx or on Amazon.

colourful stationary

2: Write a plan

Write a list of everything you need to do. There are loads of free online ‘To Do’ list templates which are a great way to visualise everything you need to do. I always find it useful to split the work into different days, for example on a Monday I do Finance work for my financial exam, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I do my 3 essays and on Friday I do work for my other exam. I never work on a weekend as this is when I socialise with family and friends – I think that if you work efficiently throughout the week it is not necessary to work at the weekend.

It is important to split your time according to the value of each piece of work. For example, you should spend much more time on an essay that counts for 100% of the overall module mark, compared to an exam that only counts for 20% of the overall module mark. 

3: Make sure you have loads of food and drinks

It is very easy to keep getting up when you should be revising with the excuse of needing a drink therefore, I would recommend you have enough at least for 2 hours. Also, preparing snacks in advance means its one less thing for your brain to think about. I always treat myself with a cup of tea and chocolate once I have completed a section of revision.

4: Accessing past papers and lectures on blackboard

Going through past papers, in my opinion is the most important part of the revision process as you can familiarise yourself with the structure of the paper. Also, you can access lecture slides 24/7 on Blackboard – this is a useful resource if you need further explanation on a specific area or simply remind yourself about a topic.

5: Keep up your hobbies

I find it extremely beneficial to take breaks from revision so that my brain can recharge. I enjoy going to the gym during the exam period however if gym is not your thing even just going for a walk or jog gives your brain a break from thinking about exams. I like spending time with friends and family, it gives me the opportunity to talk about non-academic things.

I love spending time with my dog so during the stressful exam period I take him for a walk or just sit with him on the sofa to watch TV. There have been studies on the benefits of spending time with a dog, it can reduce stress and increase productivity. Harvard Medical School actually released a report titled Get Healthy, Get a Dog stating "One of the greatest benefits of owning a dog is that it encourages you to practice mindfulness — being in the present moment and fully appreciating life."