For most students, exams are stressful situations that are further exacerbated by the pressure to do well.
Some of your classmates might talk about how the spent hours studying from morning to night but a good teacher will tell you that going over your books for hours on end at the last minute is no good because it won’t always guarantee success.
Here are 6 ways which can help you prepare better for exams.
1. Don’t skimp on sleep – Sleep is important, especially during exam-time. It helps refresh both the body and the mind and a severe lack of sleep could only lead to disastrous results such as not being able to remember material you have spent hours studying, falling asleep during an exam, falling asleep at home and completely missing the exam etc. Ensure that you get an adequate amount of sleep before your exam. This will help you retain the information you have learnt better.
2.Studying Should Begin Much Before The Exam Does – No matter how much you scoff at this piece of advice, it does not change the fact that it is true. Studying at least two months before the exam means that you have a better chance of revising before the exam and not frantically trying to absorb everything. Studying before also means that 15 to 20 minutes before the exam begins, you will be calm and ready to tackle the exam, instead of frantically going through your textbook and trying to learn the concepts you didn’t have time to learn the day before.
3. Read and revise – Studying for the exam should not only consist of reading alone. You need to read and revise. Revision is extremely important because what is the point of reading so much and then not being able to remember anything later because you didn’t revise? Reading is the in-depth studying that you do and revising is simply going over all that you have learnt and seeing if you can remember all that you have studied. Revising what you have studied helps you recall information easily during the exam.
4. Make notes and points – When you are carrying out the first round of studying, as you study make points and small notes. This will help you later on when you are revising. When you are revising, all you need to do is look at these notes and points, instead of going through the entirety of your textbook again. This way, the amount you need to read too is reduced.
5. Take Short Breaks – If you are going to subject your brain and your eyes to intense activity, without taking even one single short break, after the first two or three hours, you are not going to be able to study anything. Just like our body suffers from exhaustion after too much activity, in the same way our brain and eyes too suffer from exhaustion when you study without taking a break. No matter what anyone says, studying for 7 to 8 hours at a stretch is only going to hurt you, not help you. If you really want, study for 7 to 8 hours at a stretch. However, remember to take short ten minute breaks every hour and let your brain refresh its ability to absorb information. This way, you will be able to study a lot more than you could have by not even taking one break.
6. Add some variety to your study schedule – Variety is the spice of life and studying. Don’t study one single subject from start to finish the whole day. Instead devote two to three hours to every subject each day. This way, you will be more motivated to learn instead of being bored by only doing a single subject. However it is okay too if you only want to study a single study the whole day. The important thing is that you create a study schedule that works for you and that you are comfortable with, not study in the way that other people would like you too. They don’t know your brain like you do.
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