TIPS TO EXCEL IN EXAMS
Do you end up performing badly in your exams, despite preparing systematically? The Board exams are only a month away now. Apart from preparing for exams, we need to keep certain important factors in mind. Below are listed some important tips which will help you prepare effectively and secure a meritorious position in the examination.
1. To prepare effectively for the examination, you need to identify a quiet corner of the home, so as to study in peace and prepare comprehensively for the examination. Ensure that you are away from any kind of electronic gadget, be it television or radio as you start your preparations for the upcoming examination.
Electronic gadgets are a source of distraction (micro addictions) and your valuable time will get wasted in case you start watching television in the middle of your study session.
2. Study according to your body-clock. Are you sharpest in the morning or at the evening i.e. whether you are an owl or lark? Schedule your most difficult materials when you are mentally at your best, and schedule the easier ones when you are mentally less efficient.
3. Don’t get too comfortable in your chair. Choose a chair that supports your back. It should be comfortable, but not too comfortable. Just like an athlete during a performance, your body should be relaxed, so that all your energy goes to where it matters – your brain. Also, clear your desk of everything you do not need. Have everything you need on the desk.
4. Don’t panic, as it will make the situation worse. Revise your notes on the night before the exam and in the morning. Don’t plan to study non-stop. You’ll go insane, and you’ll be too fried to do well in the exams. When you write your schedule, include short study breaks to help you recharge. You’ll feel so much better and will be able to concentrate so much more.
5. Stretch during your breaks. Know and respect your concentration span, which will vary from hour to hour and from day to day. When you sit for long periods, gravity draws the blood to the lower part of your body. When you take a break, take a few deep breaths and get more oxygen to your brain: try walking around and doing some light stretching for a few minutes. It will help to release tension in your body, and help your blood circulation.
6. Following a healthy dietary schedule is important when you begin preparations for the examinations. Ensure that you take a light dinner whenever you plan to study till late. Overeating decreases the grasping power and you will feel lethargic all the while. This will create difficulty for you when it comes to remembering facts and figures.
7. Studying till late hours should be avoided in the later stages of the exam preparation. You should never remain awake till late night, especially on the day before the examinations, as this can create headache, the next morning and you might end up in trouble.
8. Start your preparations well in advance and don’t wait until a week before the test to start. You gain less by studying at the last minute. Do not leave the things to the end, as this can create unnecessary pressure on you and can affect your examination results eventually. Keep some dedicated hours for studying from beginning of the session and study on a daily basis.
9. Prioritize subjects. Random preparations of subjects will make exam preparation haphazard and confusing. Instead, prioritize and decide what subjects you want to take up on what days and give ample time to each subject for practice and revision. Do not leave any subject for more than 2-3 days. Every subject should be taken up for study at least in every alternate day. The important and difficult ones may be taken up every day.
10. You can take help from sample papers which are available at any given bookstore in your city or town. Besides having a copy of previous year’s question paper, these sample papers have a range of other sample questions for one to solve. This gives the student a fair idea of the format of the question paper as it will appear in the examination. Solving these sample question papers will help you revise as in all its probability these sample question papers cover the entire syllabus. Some sample question papers come along with answers and you will be able to get a fair idea of length of answer you need to provide for any given question.
11. Avoid taking stress. All it will do is hinder your exam preparations. Learn meditation and deep breathing techniques to relax. If at any point you feel the stress taking control over your life, please visit your school counselor. They will help you deal with the stress and help you build up a positive attitude.
12. Adopt creative methods of memorizing related information. Use Mnemonics, Mind Maps and Flash Cards: Create mind maps along with flash cards and paste them in your room or study table. They will form images that will be difficult to erase, thus making the task of remembering easier. BODMAS (Brackets, Order-Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction) is very popular math mnemonic. Create your own mnemonic or ask your teachers to help you create some. Making brief notes of the topics always helps and you should prepare brief notes of whatever your teachers share with you. These help you prepare effectively as and when the exams approach.
13. Revision Charts: This might seem strange, but believe me it definitely works. After reading through the topics once, and marking out the important keywords and points in it, draw out a chart consisting of these important points or brief notes, and stick it on the wall, where you face more often while doing anything. This process will help you to revise and remember important key points of the lesson well, whenever you see that wall.Try and mind map the chart which you just created. Look at a portion of the chart and try and rebuild it in your memory by closing your eyes. It can do wonders in improving your memory and power of retaining important points. This will also serve as a quick revision guide for you just before the day of final examination.
14. Develop a positive attitude towards exams. If you are well prepared you’ll walk into the exam room thinking “WOW! I can’t wait to prove myself to these examiners; I’m going to ace this test, just to show them.” Negative attitude: “Oooh, I’m so nervous. I hate exams; what’s the point? I really don’t feel up to this”.
15. During the exam, avoid blanks. Try as hard as you can to make an intelligent guess. Take the closest answer but remember not to take too much of your time answering one item. Go back and review your answers after you finish the exam, if you still have time.
16. Write and Practice: Mugging up seems easy but once you forget one line you are likely to forget the entire content. You have to write and learn before you reach the point of revision. So, when you write you are creating a mental image for future use.
17. A day before your exams, Take a photocopy of your Hall ticket and keep it safely.Keep your Compass Box, Hall Tickets and all writing materials ready a day prior to the exam.Have a healthy snack -so that you don’t feel hungry and low on energy on the exam day.
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself. And by the way, ever heard this? “Good luck with your exam!” This is false hope, you shouldn’t need a pint of luck to help you succeed, and if you DO need good luck, then you obviously haven’t prepared enough.
Wishing you all green lights for the exams ahead!! Do well.
About the Author
Ananth Prabhu G, PhD, 30 years old is an author, TV Host on Daijiworld 24×7, software engineer, motivational speaker and educator. He is the advisor for Vikas Pre University College and Associate Professor in Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management. You may contact him through www.facebook.com/educatorananth or email@example.com
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