Tips for examination


Exam is an important part of our studies. Hence, to tackle it in the right way, here are a few tips for examination that you can use:-

Planning

  • Make a timetable for study with time for rest and breaks.
  • If the study is very extensive, start with the easy ones first, this will help you gain confidence as you progress
  • If you are writing about an event/topic, try to locate things related to that event from outside the textbook and give reference of it.
  • Writing references surely fetches extra marks as it show that you are keen about the subject and have explored beyond textbook for information.

Preparation

  • Find the perfect time when you can start study i.e., with no distractions
  • Start early, this will again not make you rush through the notes and by the time the exams are near, you would have done with your revisions.
  • Make short notes on important topics/issues/dates/solution that your teacher tells during the class, or which you feel is important.
  • Check out previous exams / previous year’s papers and solve them. This will give you an idea of what kind of questions/mathematical problems are repeated often.
  • Take advise of senior students, class teachers and/or tuition teachers on things that you find tough. Do not be shy.
  • Ask them for exam tips that will get you those little extra marks, for eg., by highlighting any points, giving any reference etc.,

Practice, Practice, Practice

  • Practice the class tests once again, as your teacher is most likely to pull up questions from it, especially if she/he is the one who is setting the paper.
  • Memorising and practicing whatever you are learning gets registered faster in your mind.
  • Use any available free time to make notes
  • For practical subjects like maths keep practising to solve the problems which will enhance your confidence and keep you well-prepared for the D-day.
  • Try to understand the meaning of things that you study.

Ambience / Setting

This is the foremost necessity that the study room is appropriate to inititate a good environment for one to study.

  • The room should be clean
  • Things in the study room should be kept in order as it inspires your mind whenever you enter the room to do better.
  • Too much litter is a distraction.
  • The room should be brightly lit.
  • Open the windows (if there is less disturbance from outside) to make the room more airy and bright.
  • If your room is a bit cramped, then choose a space at the library where you can study in silence
  • You may also choose a friend’s place where you are comfortable and have peace of mind.

Group Study or Not?

Studying in groups is a good thing, but not always

  • For subjects like maths where you need to solve problems, a group is a good option as the solutions are found quicker
  • You can share your thoughts, while you get valuable tips from others
  • However, in subjects where you need to concentrate and remember, like say History etc., you need a calm environment.

Things to Avoid

  • Shut off the music / tv.
  • Keep your mobiles, notepads, laptops etc., switched off
  • You can use them to relax while taking a break, but put them off when you re-start your study.
  • Though music calms your mind, if you mix it with study it creates too much confusion in brain and affects concentration.

Take care of your body

A healthy body breeds a healthy mind. Taking good care of your health hence is important too.

  • Take a good night sleep in the days before the exams, atleast 8 hours.
  • It will rejuvenate (refresh) your mind and you would feel fresh every morning.
  • If you have the habit of sitting up late to study, make sure that you take an afternoon nap to cover the night sleep.
  • Try to avoid junk foods so that you don’t fall sick on / just before the day of exams making all your plans go awry.
  • Avoid caffeinated products like tea, coffee etc., in excess as it is known to alter the sleeping pattern, thus affecting health and concentration (esp. before exams)

On the day of exam

A few little things to remember on how to go about on the day of your exam

  • Reach the examination centre early, a last minute rush creates confusion and unnecessary stress to your mind.
  • 10-15 minutes early will give you time to gather your thoughts and help you stay composed.
  • Have a light meal / breakfast, and carry a bottle of water.
  • Before leaving home check that you are carrying all the things required for the day’s exam, viz., your hall tickets, extra pens.
  • The moment you get the answer sheet / supplement, jot down your name and ID number, don’t keep it for last minute, as many students miss out or make mistakes.
  • Stay calm, if you have done your revisions well, you will do well.

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