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If you've chosen to take TAFE* online courses or the in-person route to learning new professional skills, you're not alone. This increasingly popular learning pathway is something that around 15% of Australian students choose to do each year and that number is climbing. That said, it will still cause you some worry if you're not great at tests, but it really shouldn't.

Why Do Some People Do Better On Tests?  

Whether talking about uni or TAFE* courses, exams are something that some people breeze through, while others have a much harder time. This can be because of good preparation, a lack of anxiety during tests, or even how good the course content was in conveying the most important information. The good news is that anyone taking TAFE training can succeed with the right approach.

How Can I Get Better Results From Exams In TAFE?

You need to consider many factors when working on your professional and personal development, but exam anxiety is often hard to control. That said, when you prepare properly, you'll feel much more confident, and the small details really do count, so let's look at how you can help yourself with five helpful tips.

Tip #1 - Give Yourself Plenty Of Revision Time 

If you're good at planning your study, then great. If not, you should give yourself lots of time, so everything isn't left until the last minute. You can download many free study planners, too, so there's no excuse for failing to plan properly.

Tip #2 - Get Lots Of Rest 

When you sleep, your brain can absorb what's been learned throughout the day, meaning that you won't be at your best if you don't get enough. As such, you should aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to be firing on all cylinders when test day arrives.

Tip #3 - Practice With An Old Test Paper 

You should be able to ask your instructor for some of last year's test papers, which can be handy for test prep. Then, it can be very useful to try completing it with a time limit for ultra-realistic exam conditions. It's something that can be very useful in combatting exam nerves.

Tip #4 - Enjoy A Good Diet

As good short courses online in health show us, you are what you eat, meaning that constantly eating junk food will take its toll on your concentration and stamina levels. Your diet should include protein, fruit, vegetables, and water.

Tip #5 - Employ Flashcards 

Another effective tactic for retaining information for an exam is the use of flashcards that you can employ to test yourself. They can be made or downloaded for free at home and taken wherever you go. Whenever you have a spare moment, test yourself. It works!

Your exam success is very much in your hands, and by following these five tips, you'll have a much better chance of getting the marks you deserve. It's essentially good prep, but those who carry them out tend to be the most successful, so the link is obvious. 

OCA Short Courses Online  - Ideal For TAFE Exam Success

Another great way to ensure TAFE exam success is by taking OCA video-based CPD-Endorsed short online courses that allow you to give yourself strong foundational knowledge. Furthermore, they can be used throughout your career; with their modular, online nature, you can easily fit them around your day and take a module or two via your phone!

Our students regularly feed back to us that we offer the best online education Australia can provide, and when you watch our Student Study Demo, you can see why. 1-to-1 mentoring, flexible payment plans, and even 24/7 tutorial support mean our students get an all-encompassing service.

If you'd like to learn more about what we offer and the 20+ industries our courses cover, visit us today at There you'll find everything you need to know and details of our industry-led learning that we can provide thanks to our collaboration with top experts from each industry we cover.

Alternatively, should you want to speak to us before enrolment on any of our short courses, that’s no problem. All you need to do is call us on 1300 611 404 and chat with our friendly team or email [email protected], and the moment we receive your enquiry, we’ll get back to you as quickly as humanly possible.

*What is a TAFE?

TAFE stands for “Technical and Further Education”. TAFE institutes are government-funded Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) that offer Vocational Education and Training relating to a specific industry or occupation. 

TAFE Alternatives 

There are other private (non-government funded RTOs) that offer accredited courses (just like TAFE). 

Although Online Courses Australia is NOT an RTO, OCA has formed partnerships with a small number of RTOs to offer RPL or CREDIT from selective Micro-Credentials towards RTO (accredited) courses.  Look out for Accelerated Learning Pathway on our website. 

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