With most of the exams just around the corner, I would want you to take some time out and go through this page.
Everyone has one of those days during exam preparation where you would be more stressed than you are required to be. There is no harm in being stressed, but just like calculated risk- stress also needs to be calculated and should not be taking you over. The thing with a limited amount of stress is that it will keep you motivated and keep pushing you to do better.
No exam is that difficult if you prepare well for it. There are some simple tips and tricks that will make this time of turmoil easier for you.
Set achievable goals
The best way to start anything is to know the desired result and what you want to achieve out of it. It is just as important to make these goals achievable and not to set goals which are not in reach. Identify your goal in concrete terms and then start working for them in order to resolve the same.
Make a timetable or a plan
The moment you develop an achievable goal, it should be followed by a timetable of sorts. You should know the time you have left on your hands and what course/ subject/ topic is to be completed by when. This is not only going to make things easier but will act as a daily progress report along with regulating the daily workload.
Select your study style
First and foremost it is important that you realize that no two people can match all their preferences and choices. Similarly it is important to know that it is not essential that the study style of one suits the other. So it is important that before making the effort of studying for your exams you know your study style and then stick to it. Adapting your study method to suit your own natural style will enable you to produce powerful results in less time.
Time take out for studying
Recent studies have shown that the human brain is most active between 5 am to 8 am in the morning and in the evening between 7 pm to 11 pm. Thereof students who take time out during this time to study have shown to have more retention power in comparison to others.
There is nothing more important than taking regular short breaks when you are studying. It is essential that you give your mind regular intervals of free time to make the things you’ve studied get absorbed much better. During these breaks try and give yourself some fresh air. It is important that you do so instead of sitting for continuous hours and making yourself more tired.
There is difference in cramming and rote learning; where it is sometimes beneficial to learn things by repetition, cramming cannot get the same results. While cramming everything can often result in forgetting everything but remember that making brief notes can help prove very useful.
Use creative techniques to relate
It is not essential that you are able to study everything with the same amount of interest. There will be topics which you will think are out of your grasp or too boring to study. Mnemonics, repetition, flash card, word associations, making funny rhymes, etc are all tactics which can get you to relate to the topic in hand and therefore learning the topic well.
Exercise and eat well
The biggest blunder to be committed during examination time is depriving your mind, body and soul of healthy food and good exercise. Your body needs nourishment to keep up with the studying as well. Sleep for a minimum of six to eight hours to keep your body rejuvenated. Avoid eating junk food and give your body some workout- just enough to refresh your body but not to tire yourself out.
I hope these tips and trick keep you on top of your game and make you chose the correct way of going about your studying when preparing for your examinations. Make sure you adopt some of the points mentioned above and also adapt them to suit your requirements.