How to get ready for an exam. Finding the balance

Exam preparation. Six study tips

Procrastination is our second nature, and we love to cram for tests when the time comes. However, if we are talking about exam preparation, it is important to set out a timetable and follow it without hesitation, as you have excellent grades at stake.

Create the mood

Some of us are quite irrational as students and learners, and thrive on chaos, so we have to work in a cluttered environment. Others find it difficult to be organized when the papers they are looking for are out of sight.

You have to find whatever works best for you, and create a space that is comfortable and cozy. For example, there are students who need background music to concentrate, while other learners may call it a serious distraction. You have to make sure your Facebook doesn’t get in the way, though, as news scrolling is quite time-consuming!

Write down information

We may consider it to be ridiculous and unnecessary, but there is something appealing about the way information is stored in diagrams and charts.

Prior to the exam, try summarizing the material you have at hand, and write it down in a flow chart, highlighting with markers. Later, you can revise gathered info and even use additional highlighting to pinpoint issues you haven’t noticed before. This scheme will help you get organized before the test and immediately recall the notes you made at lectures.

Revise old tests

This is an old trick experienced students practice every time they have a serious exam coming. If you don’t know where to start and your preparation seems to get out of control, you can take older versions of the material and test the waters, so to say. This will help you organize it all in your head and come to the exam with a head, full of ideas.

Use younger generation to help

Your siblings seem to be very annoying with their constant attention seeking tactics, but you can take advantage of that, too.

Explain some of the highlights of the tests to your younger brothers or sisters, and see what their reaction is. If they understand the question completely and the answer seems suffice, you are on the right way. In case, on the other hand, they find it hard to concentrate, you may want to revise twice!

Organize study sessions

Call your friends and get together for a study group that will help you with exam preparation. This method is effective in case you are really close and can find compromise on questions you don’t have answers to. You don’t necessarily have to agree on each topic, just make sure your study session doesn’t end up in going out and partying, as usual.

Take breaks

Studies have shown that taking regular breaks has a positive effect on a student’s well-being. Let’s put it this way: if you were to participate in a competition, you wouldn’t train seven days a week. Of course, you would set a timetable with regular breaks in between and enough time to recover from an especially tiring session.

It works the same way with studies: the more you are overwhelmed with tasks, the less productive your preparation is, so don’t call it guilty pleasure when you want to go out and enjoy the sunshine. Your brain will be grateful if you organize a schedule that includes sufficient rest and intensive preparation, paired with hours of procrastination. Find a rhythm you are comfortable with and try to maintain it before an exam, so that you have a clear head during the test. Now, as you are prepared to face the questions with our tips, we wish you all the luck in the world!

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