Over the years and especially in today’s time, exams are perceived as something that creates stress in students’ minds. As the exam date approaches, students tend to feel tense. In myriads of cases, it is seen that due to lack of preparation, several bright students also settle with low scores and immense stress and in some unfortunate cases, students resort to extreme steps.
It is thus important to accept that exams are for your benefit and not for you to stress. However, it is easier said than done.
Nonetheless, here are 10 quick tips on how students can deal with final preparation for exams:
1. Don’t stress:
Ever given a thought about how the culture of exam came into existence? Exams came into existence from self-assessment. For example, cricket players go through the fitness test just to make sure they are ready for the match. Similarly, the exam is a way to assess yourself, before you are put to the test of real struggles in life. Hence don’t stress on the incomplete syllabus and focus on your strong areas. Prepare them first so that you gain the confidence of having completed some portion and then reach other portions.
2. Wake up early:
It is scientifically proven that early morning learning stays for longer time. The mind is fresh in the morning and is stress-free. According to a post published on BBC, individuals have better cognitive abilities in the morning than in late hours.
3. Do meditation:
Meditation has proven multiple benefits, not just in day to day lives, but also for exam preparations. Meditation keeps the mind stress free, improves concentration, and increases retention.
4. Prepare with the application of the theoretical topic:
Learn using practical models of the theoretical topics, for visual experience. Visual and application-based learning has shown to have better retention, compared to mere theoretical learning.
5. Try different ways:
Use kinesthetic or physical, visual and hearing based model. Studies have proved that by using different learning methods, one can have better retention of subjects.
6. A study partner:
Having a study partner can sometimes prove to be beneficial as you may get a fresh perspective on the whole learning exercise. However, it depends on person to person, and their choice of learning style.
7. Take breaks:
Taking breaks during studies can help you have better retention and keep your mind fresh for longer time.
8. Sleep well:
Good amount of rest is required to keep the mind fresh and stress-free.
9. Make a schedule:
As cliché as it sounds, but a schedule before an exam is the most important part of the routine. Make a schedule and try to stick to it.
10. Keep buffer time:
As most of us tend to procrastinate and postpone the schedule, be practical and keep a day or two as buffer time. It will allow you some time for revision as well.
There are many ways a student can plan their examination preparations, but nevertheless, it is important to understand that exams are for your learning. Treat exams as the process, and not the target from reaching A to B.
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