Exams. They’re a thing that all students dread. Yet, they have to be overcome, again and again. With hard work, they lead to success. With procrastination, they lead to average results, or failure. The following are some tips on how you can excel in your next examination.
Begin studying early. Give yourself as much time as possible to survey the material that was shown in class. As you are receiving study material you should be making a mental note of how much time will be needed for its memorisation. For example, in the event that you need to study a whole semester’s worth of material, you need to begin studying at least 2 weeks earlier than the exam. The ideal way of studying, however, would be to consistently look over your notes at the end of every week and condense them into your own mindmaps. However, if your procrastination prevents you from doing this, 2 weeks should be the bare minimum.
Read through all of the relevant exam notes while highlighting information that you think is important or find more difficult to retain. It will refresh your memory of the material and enable you to recollect what you revised. It will likewise make you mindful of all the data in your notes and where it is situated – so that you know if you are missing any content and you can link similar topics together. If your notes are insufficient, ask yourself: Did you miss any classes? Did you complete all the classwork and homework? You may need to obtain another person’s notes.
It is better to study smart than to study hard and end up having a mental breakdown when you need your brain the most. The best way to do this is to acquire information about the test material. This should be your first step in your studies so that you don’t accidentally study irrelevant information. Numerous educators will give some direction on what will and won’t be tested and what types of questions will be used to test this knowledge (e.g. multiple choice, short response, etc.). Knowing which material the test will cover, will enable you to concentrate on the fundamental material that you have to study.
Re-read your notes. This time re-read your notes for comprehension. Begin with the most essential data. For example, if you’re studying the themes behind Romeo and Juliet, make sure you comprehend a range of literary themes, gather quotes that showcase these themes and make sure you have a brief understanding of the plotline – before you go memorising every element of what happens in the play. Most assessments will not be looking to examine your memory of plot-points, but rather, your own critical thinking with a few small examples thrown in.
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