Exam period is mostly a time when stress levels are higher than usual. Many students work hard to get good marks, while others do not and yet manage to score well during examinations. There are also students who study hard but do not get the desired percentage. How to prepare for exams is a big question. This article provides a few preparation tips to help you ace in exams:
Have a Good Time Table
Before studies begin, you should design your own time-table which should direct you to all the material that has to be covered and tell you how much is needed to be studied daily. Subjects can be prioritized: Tough subjects and the ones you are not so good at should be given more hours, and easier ones should be given less hours. You should also have break intervals on your timetable.
Choose a good time to Study
Time is possibly the most important factor. According to a research conducted, the human brain is in its most active state between 5 am to 8 am in the morning and in the evening between 7 pm to 11 pm. Hence, students who study during these timings have the maximum retention power than others who do not.
Have a cosy place to study
Study where you feel comfortable, relaxed and where you can concentrate properly. Do not study in a noisy environment. Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence, for others, background music helps. Some may need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.
Avoid Cramming, Make Notes instead
Cramming is not a good method of studying. Cramming everything can result in forgetting everything. Make short notes while studying. Making brief notes can help you remember all points while revising the subject. So before you begin your exam preparations get a notebook for yourself.
Use Creative Techniques
If you find any subject boring, it will be a good idea to convert topics on that subject into various types of games such as repetition, mnemonics and flash cards. Represent important points with diagrams, design funny rhymes or word associations to help remember the points. You can also make a habit of sharing what you’ve read with friends. Talking about what you have previously read is a good technique to help you remember them.
Sleep and Eat Well
Most students make the mistake of thinking that sleeping and eating during exam period is a waste of time. But the truth is that you need to eat and sleep well to do well in your exam. You are supposed to have 6-8 hours sleep a day. Take care of your diet. Avoid eating junk food, instead eat food that supplies continuous energy to their brain for a longer period of time.
Drink Plenty of Water
Remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
For some, it is best to study for several hours. But that can actually be counterproductive. If you were training for a marathon, for example you wouldn’t try and run 24 hours a day. Similarly, studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps. You could take a break to call a friend and have a good laugh or you could take a walk and enjoy the sunshine: Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain. Do whatever you can during your break but endeavour to go back to your studies once your apportioned time for break has elapsed.
Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam – don’t leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don’t know the way, or what you’re supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time. If possible, do a test run of the trip. If not, write down clear directions.
Plan Your Exam Day
Plan on how long it will take to get the venue of the exam. You could also make plans to travel to the exam with friends or classmates, as long as you know they are likely to be punctual. Punctuality is very important to ease exam tension. So make sure you are at the exam venue at least 15 minutes before the exam begins.