Exam Sessions and Preparation

Features, Self-help

Vol 25, Issue 07, 04 November 2022

Exam season has finally arrived. For some, it might be just like regular days and for others, it might be a time of cramming and strain. 

There are a few tips and techniques I would like to share today. They seem generic and ordinary; however, their implementation is quite tricky. It is important to realize some of these tips might not work for you. The main point is to find optimal solutions to your problems. 

Study Tip #1: Have a fixed schedule 

Having a fixed schedule is the most important requirement to get a good understanding of your course. Either if you have time before exams or if they are right around the corner, a fixed schedule is essential. Allocate time in which you can focus on your work without any distractions. Mark your calendar and set reminders to constantly remind you of your revision time. Have a routine until your exam to prepare your body and mind physically and mentally. I would suggest waking up and sleeping at set times to improve body function. 

Study Tip #2: Do not memorize rather try to learn 

This can vary from person to person. However, personally, I have realized trying to learn or understand a course can help you retain the information more. Your chance of recalling the information also increases. Memorization also asks for more time and if you do not have enough time, whilst taking an exam it is probable to just forget everything.  

Study Tip #3: Throw away the distractions 

Put all the devices that are not needed for your revisions at a distance from you. Preferably find a quiet place where you can focus without distractions. Get your water or snacks beforehand and set your study place neatly. Having a neater place greatly influences your study process and perception of the study material. It also helps keep the mind uncluttered. Play some music in the background. This is variable as some people focus more whilst the music is playing, and the rest can focus in complete silence.  

Study Tip #4: Make a Timetable 

Make an elaborate timetable following up to the date of your exam. Try to minimize the times when you are not utilizing your time. Especially when there is not much time left in exams, having a timetable can have your back. Make a timetable where you thoroughly state your times and tasks. Make a list of tasks and courses to complete and divide them by prioritization. You can use colours for relating to different priorities such as using red for the highest priority. 

Study Tip #5: Relax and Calm Yourself 

It is not going to help if you are cramming on the last day prior to the exam. It can aid in revision but that is about it. Rather than stressing your mind and body, try to relax and calm yourself. The best thing you can do is to sleep at your regular time to be alert during the exam. Eat a proper meal and listen to music if it calms your nerves. Sleep itself improves your ability to answer questions in a detailed manner. 

Go out and take a walk for mental clarity

There can be a lot more tips regarding preparation and revision, however, it is also important to not get lost in just reading tips and not implementing them. Make use of them and figure out what works best for you. Just be relaxed and do your best. 

Good Luck! 

Sahar Farzand
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