Can exam preparation be easy, given the pressure it puts and the importance that it is given today?
With new lessons piling up and old ones sitting heavy in the head, friends & dinners clocking your study hours and the study hours decreasing by the day, the exam preparation can be frightening. But, does it really have to be? Not if you have a smart little study plan. Everyone in the world will say ‘organize your time’ and ‘make a study timetable’. But how do you do it?
Acing exams isn’t always about hard work but about some clever tricks that should be a part of your everyday routine. Studying can be effortlessly fruitful, given you do it the right way. It’s never too late to start revising – the modus operandi is not difficult. What you need to do is create a schedule, finish all your reading and revision before the exam date.
Keep your energy levels high for optimizing your studies. Study with full concentration and avoid distractions. F for Focus and G for Goal – your main aim should be the completion of your syllabus with proper revision at least once. The best time to study is the one that works best for you. Make a list of the important topics you think are crucial for the exam and start studying those topics on priority. Later, study the topics that are less important. In the end, read over the least important topics. Exam stress makes it difficult to concentrate and recollect important information. So, change the way you study; for something far better!
With just a little over a month left for the exam, check out these tips for the challenge that awaits you.
- Avoid using your phone for the duration that you are studying – Switch on the “Do Not Disturb” mode. Ensure all social media and unnecessary notifications are turned off for the set duration to avoid getting distracted.
- For exam preparations, it is essential that you manage time appropriately and smartly. Don’t just dive straight into it. Think things through first.
- Try and set a specific time to study every day and you’ll find that it makes things so much easier. Ensure all notes, textbooks and other material are quickly available.
- Create a schedule for one subject at a time – prioritize the difficult chapters/ subjects and dedicate maximum time to them. Avoid listening to music while studying.
- Create a study calendar – for each day write down the subject that you plan to spend time studying. Break it down into achievable targets.
- Mix it up; don’t make it monotonous – Not everyone likes studying math for 5 straight hours. Each day, give yourself a mix of subjects so that you reduce your chances of losing interest really quickly.
- 50-10 Rule – which means you study 50 minutes of every hour and keep the last 10 minutes to clear your mind. The idea is that you focus 100% during those 50 minutes and use the remaining to relax.
- Highlight the important portion of your syllabus. Understand the syllabus – it’s necessary to understand the chapter so that you can answer the question no matter which angle it is asked.
- When revising, try looking at past papers. It allows you to test your knowledge, work on exam techniques and most importantly your timing!
- Written practice is extremely important in practical subjects. Attempt 2-3 sample papers before your exams this will help increase the speed of writing a full exam.
- Study in a clean, neat area, not a cluttered, papers-flying-around place. Have everything in order – sharpen your pencils and get your pens, erasers, rulers, math-set etc.
- Getting adequate sleep will ensure your mind is fresh and will help in understanding your study topics better. Commit to getting at least 8 hours of sleep to get you the grades you are looking for.