How to prepare for examination

Examinations in academics are a way of life for any individual who has been to a school, college or university ever. It is not only a way of testing our learning skills but also a way of growing through the process of learning. Examinations are also real starting points in life that ready us to face tougher challenges in life with a positive attitude in taking the challenges head-on rather than shying away from those. But since examinations can also bring about possibilities of failure if carried out in an improper and shoddy manner, which can have severe repercussions in the life of a student, hence many examinees get really tensed and jittery during examinations. This generally have a direct impact on their eventual performance and set them back more often than not. 
To avoid such a scenario one needs to prepare well for an examination using simple yet very well-known methods to give their optimum performance and hence grow in confidence. Once an examinee gets used to such useful methods of preparing for exams, next time onward it will be much easier for him or her to follow and thereby get out of the nervousness mould. Following are few of such very useful tips that would help anyone prepare well for an examination with much ease and confidence:

(1)  Don’t Leave Everything for the Last

Like most other aspects of life studying is also a matter of consistency. Not studying throughout the year and trying to cram whatever one can in the brain just days before the exam is a very bad precedence many students set in that does great damage to their learning skills and outcome. Hence one needs to put consistent effort towards studying throughout the year with much more increased efforts and time devotion just weeks before the commencement of exams. That way you would get more time to work on your weaknesses rather than trying to learn newer things just days before the exams.

(2) Get rid of Fear of Exams

Fear of exams is something that has pulled down even many promising students in the past since they were unable to cross that mental barrier. Therefore it is vitally important to pay extra attention to ease your nerves prior to exams. Don’t think about studies and exams all the time. Allot time for recreational activities also. Eat and sleep well and practice meditation at least once in a day. Try sharing your anxieties with somebody having a positive outlook and soak in the encouraging words of advice of that person. Visualize your success and write your feelings in a diary so that the words get embedded in your mind. Read positive stories of people who have crossed colossal hurdles in life and came out triumphant. Imbibe the message in your system thoroughly till you get a sense that exams are just another way of moving ahead in life.   

(3) Prepare a good Time Table

Chalking out a sensible and effective time table is key to quality preparation before exams. Calculate how much time you have in hand before the exams and how much of the syllabus you need to cover to make yourself exam-ready. Give priorities to the subjects that you feel less confident about and those that need a little or lot of catching up. Break up your study time into several segments, allotting ample time for each subject and don’t forget to take small breaks in between to maintain proper focus and avoid extra-stress. Choose that time of the day as your primary study time when you feel like focusing the most. Some people chose night time, while others chose morning time. You should choose the time that produces the best results for you. If you study late in the night then you must allot enough time for sleeping also, as sleep-deprivation makes the human brain to under-perform. Set aside some time everyday for spending with the family and relaxing also.

(4) Make a habit of Taking Notes While Studying

Taking notes while studying is widely regarded as a very effective tool in proper revision of what you have studied later just a day or two before the exams. It is best to keep it brief but at the same time should cover the salient points of the section or chapter you just completed studying also. Writing notes on paper is still the most effective method even in this age of laptops and tablet computers, as it helps in the clarity of thoughts and remembering things much better afterwards. If you make it a habit of taking notes while studying then it will make your work before the exams that much easier. This method will not only help you to understand and revise the lessons better but also will help you in attending the actual questions during the exams.

(5)  Take Mock Tests

Ask your home tutor to take a mock test or do it yourself and get checked by your teacher. You will find enough test papers and old question papers around. Set the timer and start taking those tests once you have completed studying and revising. That way you will sharpen your exam skills even more and repair the weaknesses that hinder. If you are taking such tests at a private tuition setup then it can give you a sense of the examination hall like atmosphere that will make you more at ease during the real ones. Performing well in these tests will slowly build up your confidence and make you a strong learner. Don’t get disheartened if you don’t fare well at one or two such mock tests. Work with you teacher and discuss about the areas of a subject that is causing you problems. Next time put in more effort and sincerity and the greater chances are that you’d fare much better.

(6) Read the Question Paper First

Probably one of the most common mistakes that most students make is to begin answering the question paper straightway once it is being handed over by the teacher. Instead just stop for a few minutes and read the question paper thoroughly first. Now mark the questions that you find more familiar and easy to answer first and leave the difficult ones for answering later. That will ensure you had answered to your optimum at least if you run out of time in due course. Also answering the easy questions first will boost your confidence in taking on the tough ones afterwards. Don’t panic to begin answering the question paper as it will only increase your stress-level and distract you. Take a deep breath before starting and accelerate slowly to the desired pace.

(7) Eat and Sleep Well

While giving all the attention to your studies prior to your exams it is very important that you don’t neglect your health. Remember that only a sound body and mind will be able to deliver to the optimum potential. Eat healthy foods, lots of vegetables, fruits, nothing too spicy, do some sort of exercise or physical activity daily and take ample rest. Sleep at least six to seven hours every day and make sure that you don’t miss your sleep just the night before the exam. Researches done worldwide have shown that sleep-deprivation seriously hampers performance. So make sure you are in best shape to give your best shot at the exams.
These exam preparation tips if followed correctly will help you immensely to perform much better and get good marks in the exams in the beginning and once you get used to the pattern you’d automatically get into the groove once exam-time is round the corner. Also don’t forget to take a break once the exams are over and spend more quality time with friends and family, as you need to recharge your batteries also from the stress of exams.


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