If you have a fear of exams or you get anxious with each passing day, then don‚Äôt fret much. Because you‚Äôre not alone in this. All of us go through this phase as exams approach. And not all prepare themselves well in advance, not after they‚Äôve entered college. There is no one size fits all approach to studying for exams. When it comes to learning some of us need to see it, some of us need to hear it and some of us need to do it. So, if you haven‚Äôt started studying yet and worrying, then the following strategies and tips might help you out.
Strategies to start preparing for exams :
A number of students have a common complaint that they read and memorize a topic but once they enter the exam hall, they tend to forget or get blank. By recognizing whether you are a visual, auditory(whatever you hear you retain for long) or kinesthetic(you are practical and believe in learning by doing) learner, you will be able to incorporate learning techniques better suited to you, making learning quicker and more enjoyable. So below are a few tricks that might help you out to retain longer.
1. Identify your learner type i.e., visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner. Your learning process depends on how you learn better and retain better.
2. Dedicate 3 hours (from now on) to your study because honestly, it‚Äôs high time. Choose a time of the day or your choice when you know you can concentrate completely and fully. It can be in the morning, evening or the night.
If you are a morning person or a night person, it doesn’t matter. What matters is for this duration your phone should be away from you because it is a major distraction to one‚Äôs studies.
3. Make a realistic and well-planned timetable and stick to it. Arrange your books and notes. Be realistic in your target. If you‚Äôre starting around this time, don‚Äôt try to collect all books. Stick to popular options.
4. When reading a topic, make a habit of writing notes or one-liners beside each paragraph. This way when you will do a revision then that line will help you know about the paragraph and you will be able to recall what‚Äôs written in the paragraph instantly.
5. At this time students get under pressure from various sources and start reading multiple books. All are essentially same, so please stick to one to start with, finish the syllabus and then look for anything extra in other books. Reading one topic 10 times from 10 different books will end your day fruitlessly and can make you freak out.
6. If possible, make flowcharts or tables or a diagrammatic representation to save the figure in your mind. Use of arrows to show connection or highlighters to mark important lines or keywords or sticky notes to note down important pointers can prove to be really helpful. This way instead of going through the entire text, reading the pointers or flow chart, it will be easier to learn and time-saving.
7. Try answering questions from past exam papers of the topic completed to get a hand of the pattern of the paper or try explaining concepts to your friends or someone else to make sure you have understood it.
8. Make sure to take breaks after a few minutes to rejuvenate your mind and don‚Äôt overburden your brain. Study with a calm and composed mind.
9. Try to be cool in the exam
10. And most importantly, don‚Äôt just sit all day and study. Make time for activities that help you feel elated and fresh. It can be working out, dancing, reading, playing or any other thing which makes you fresh. Because they rightly say, ‚Äúall work and no play makes Jack a dull boy‚Äù.
11. Lastly, you can also meditate to envision your mind at one point and save everything that you‚Äôve studied in your brain.
P.S.- You can use youtube to browse through topics you find difficult. It will for sure come out to be handy.
Also, I have heard students complaining that they write a lot in their sheets but don‚Äôt get marks accordingly. So I‚Äôve added a few pointers that might help you score better.
1. Evaluate the question before answering it. Basically, structure your answer. If going by marks, make a blue print of how you want your answer to look like. A question carrying fair marks must have an introduction to it, then what is asked in the question with relevant examples and end the answer with a concluding line or paragraph. A small question can be answered directly keeping in mind what is asked in the question.
2. Use two pens generally- a blue and a black one.
3. Underline what you feel is relevant to the question or write a keyword that you think is important in the answer boldly or in black ink. Avoid using active voice in your answers.
4. And in the exam, balance your questions well. It‚Äôs normally seen, the 1st question has the best handwriting and all the points and 5th question is either left or barely finished. Sometimes, some examiners start evaluation from the last question. So divide your time in exam carefully. Example 3 hours and 5 questions, then it should be 25 mins for one question even if it’s in parts …stick to your timelines for each question and keep 10 mins in hand for last min editions
5. Try avoiding a long passage-type answering pattern. No examiner entertains reading long paragraphs.
6. Make points and try providing a sub-head for each point. This way your answer looks well explained.
7. Give proper spacing between two paragraphs or lines. Avoid writing closely and confined. Keep your hand free and write in a way that it‚Äôs readable.
8. Refrain from answering two questions on the same page unless it is the short-answer type. Use a new sheet for each answer.
9. Draw flow-charts or tree-diagrams or figures to explain your answer well.
10. Manage your time wisely and give equal weightage to all your answers.
11. Lastly, don‚Äôt panic or get anxious. Stay calm and cool while answering the question.
I hope I have helped you a bit. All the best for your exams.