The ten tips listed below, if followed, provide you with a good chance to do well in the examinations.
Prepare Well in Advance
It is not good to leave preparation for the exams to the last minute though some students are accustomed to this practice. It is a good idea to set a timetable and follow it. The timetable should have the number of subjects and the days of the exams. This gives you a clear idea of the time available and it becomes easier in the preparation phase. It also gives you an idea as to how much time you should spend for each subject as some may need more preparation time.
Put Your Study Space in Order
Before you start your studies, it is important to organize space to spread out your text and notes. The space should be well lit with a comfortable chair for you to sit on. Ensure that you put away all your distractions like the mobile and computer games. This helps you to focus more on the lessons. Organize yourself appropriately depending on whether you like silence or light background music during your studies. It is a good idea to take time out and organize the space in whatever way that suits you before you set out to study.
Use Visual Aids for Study
The effect of revising your lessons is enhanced when you use visual aids. Writing as many points down when studying a topic is also helpful. When the exams come closer these can be condensed into small flow diagrams or mnemonics. This helps you to recall all the salient points quickly.
Go Through Old Questions
Practicing on all the old questions that are available is one of the effective ways for improving your performance in exams. This gives you a fair idea of how the questions can be laid out. You can also time yourself and this will help you allocate optimum amount of time for each section of the exam questions.
Practice Explaining Answers
It is good idea to explain answers to the questions to your brother/sister or parents when you are preparing for an exam. This ensures that you understand whatever you have learned. Your parents will also be able to guide you as to where you need to put in more effort.
Organize Group Study
Studying with friends during exams definitely helps. Your friends may have answers to your unanswered questions and vice versa. It is also important, though challenging, to focus only for a specific amount of time during group study and not digress from the subject of study.
It is not a good idea to study for too many hours together. It is important to take breaks at regular intervals during the preparation time for best results. Study during times of the day when you are most productive be it early mornings or night-times. It is good idea to move outdoors for short breaks as sunshine is known to do a lot of good for a tired brain.
Have the Right Kind of Snacks
Avoid junk food and eat those foods that can increase your energy levels. This will keep your brain and body functioning well. Weave nutritious food habits into your daily diet and this pays to increase concentration and memory power. Some recommended foods are seeds, fish, yogurt, nuts, blueberries, etc. It is important to consume food that release energy slowly before a test. Sugared foods, on the contrary, can cause your energy levels to crash quickly and it can hamper your performance in the examination.
Prepare for Your Exam-day
Prepare well in advance for your exam day. Do not leave your preparations for the last minute. Be sure of the venue and time of the test and the mode of transport that you are going to use to get to the venue. Be clear about the journey time to the venue and it pays to do a ‘dry run’ when you find some free time. It is also a good idea to travel with friends and classmates to the venue if you plan it well in advance. It is important to be on time for the test.
Keep Yourself Well Hydrated
Ensure that your brain needs to be sufficiently hydrated for it to function optimally. It is not only important to drink sufficient quantities of water through the preparation time but also on the day of the examination.