Month of May and June are always pain in ass for students as they are heading towards their yearly examinations. Exams are the most inevitable part of any student’s life whether he or she is in school, college or pursuing higher education. But student take exams in much more horrific way than it’s supposedly meant to be. They don’t realize that exams are not meant to measure their knowledge, but it gives them a platform or a scale to measure their own ability, skill set and understanding of the world in a more competitive way. But of-course, most student don’t understand the complexity associated with exams.
Every student is different in his or her own way and their perspective of managing examination and it’s schedule is different. But if we look at the methods persuaded by any student to achieve their personal vendetta follow a similar pattern. By this, don’t start to make yourself ready for mugging up topics in those conventional ways. With some little hacks, you can bridge that invisible gap between toppers and so called average students.
Fortunately, there are several steps or examination tips you can take to reduce anxiety, which will benefit your grades and your overall mental health.
- Keep Calm, Don’t Panic: Panic at last moment of examination will make your situation worse. If you start to panic, you will be distracted from your upcoming exams and will be in fear and horror of examinations. So don’t panic and calm down. Activities such as yoga and meditation can help decrease panic level and stress level.
- Study Plan: The best way to approach an exam is to plan for it. Set out a study routine. While making a study plan, keep mind of the time left for exam and how much time you can give to your study. Your plan should be efficient but it shouldn’t be such harsh that you can’t even make time for fun and enjoyment.
- Discover the course to be covered: The second step for preparing for exam is to determine what is needed to be studied. Identify the topic of syllabus into two category, one containing most important question and another containing other topics. Study the most important topics first. Then try to study other topic.
- Take Breaks: After studying for a while, reward yourself by going on a walk to clear your mind or chatting with friends. Try not to feel guilty about this – you need some time to have fun and it’s better to revise when you are feeling relaxed after a break than to exhaust yourself studying all day. This is true in my case as I have realized that the brain can only take so much, therefore it makes no sense studying all day long. As such, after a break, when you resume studying, your mind is more likely to absorb more as it is fresh.
- Collect Resources: Find out all the resources, study materials, notes and other useful material that can help in your studies. If possible try to make notes on your own. Doing this can be very helpful as understanding what you have noted down in notes is easier to understand than to read others notes.
- Use Figures and Mnemonics: Figures and Mnemonics can be very helpful if you have problem memorizing the solution to your answer. Mnemonics are the techniques that helps to memorize.
- Group study with friends: Ask your friends to have study sessions together. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. In this way, you can help each other with the study.
- Explain to others: Try to explain what you have learned to others. You can take help of your friends or family members. If in case you don’t have anyone around, you can imagine people around you and try to explain them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.
- Practice on old papers: One of the best way to know what you have learned and where you need to work more. Try solving old question papers within the time duration of question paper. This helps in time management during exams. Many times pattern of questions repeat and chance are there that even questions itself can repeat. So solving them will be beneficial.
- Revise before examination: Revision is the most important and compulsory thing to do just before exams. You don’t have to read whole syllabus while revision. Just go through the notes reading only the important points.
- Few extra tips:
a. Drink water while you are studying
b. Sleep properly
c. Eat properly
d. Use mnemonics to memorize