If you haven't studied during the year, taking exams can be stressful and anxious as you will find yourself cramming for each test and having to revise late at night. By learning to manage your time throughout the year, you can nonetheless relieve your stress during exam periods, be more productive, and have better grades.
Step 1. Buy an extra notebook at the start of the year
You can write summaries or other notes there when you have finished a chapter in progress. The lesson will still be fresh in your mind and during the exam period, all you have to do is open this notebook. Write the key points you learned on small index cards. This will make it easier for your mind to remember the important facts of the lesson. During the weekends, go back to your cards and ask your parents or friends to take you quizzes.
Step 2. Record your notes with a voice recorder
You can use another device of this type, for example your telephone. Then listen to your notes in your free time, like listening to an audiobook. Concentrate on the words and try to memorize them as you hear them. Studies have also shown that listening to sounds while sleeping improves memory.
Step 3. Learn to create mind maps, historical timelines, use PowerPoint, and other cheat sheets
Graphic illustrations of a topic make great reminders, especially during exam times. These tools will allow you to test your memory by taking quizzes.
Step 4. Learn more
As soon as you finish studying a topic, borrow a book from the library on that topic and learn more. Find the answers to your questions and try to clear up any confusion that may remain. Take notes that you will refer to during the review period.
Step 5. Do not draft while in exam
Write your final copy directly, working carefully. In exam, you will not have time to write a complete draft, so practice writing your final work as soon as possible. Make sure your copy is clean, spelling and punctuation is correct, and information is fair and well organized.
Step 6. Make a schedule of your exam days, jotting the dates on a calendar
So, on the day of the test, you will be well prepared.
Step 7. List your classes and the topics covered in class
As you revise, mark the topics you have studied so that you remember which topics you will need to revise next time.
Step 8. Set a time each day when you will neither be too tired nor too hungry to study
If you plan to study for a long time, consider taking breaks, for example every 20 minutes.
Step 9. Organize a study group
This will allow you to share your notes, thoughts and ideas with classmates, or together find ways to solve a certain type of equation. Make sure you follow the teacher's rules for what assignments may or may not be prepared in groups.
Step 10. Organize practice exams for yourself
You will only have to redo one of your exams or quizzes taken within a given time. Get in the mood for an exam by clearing your desk and keeping only a sheet of paper, a pen, and other tools you may need for the test.
Step 11. Plan for academic success and persevere in your plan
Assuming that you are not sick, you will need to implement your plan whether you are feeling strong or weak, tired or energetic, lazy or motivated, focused or distracted, discouraged or encouraged. Realize that it's up to you to make good use of your time and not let your emotions play tricks on you and drag you down.
Step 12. Get enough sleep at night
It is much harder to concentrate when you slept less than six hours the night before. To feel refreshed and available and start your day off on the right foot, you will need to sleep between 8 and 10 hours a night.
Step 13. Start with the most complicated
When choosing topics to review, start with the most difficult or the one you like least. Once you master it perfectly, you will end up enjoying it. At the very least, you'll avoid putting it off until it's too late, just because you don't like it.
Step 14. Follow a daily schedule
The first day you will find it difficult, the second day you will have less pain and the third day it will already be a habit. It is about conditioning you to adopt sustainable work habits, which will facilitate your performance and help you achieve academic success.
- Always highlight the main points in your book, so you know what chapter information you need to remember.
- Put away your cell phone, because it will distract you. Only check your messages or emails after studying, during your break.
- Avoid surfing on social networks! You will do this after you have completed your reviews.
- Try to complete your review notes at least two weeks before the exam. This will give you time to reread them several times and clarify any points that you may not have fully understood.
- Studies have shown that our concentration lasts about 45 minutes. Consider taking breaks, during which you can take a nap or relax your mind while listening to classical music.
- You will learn much less by revising at the last minute. So prefer to start studying at the start of the semester and do not wait until the week before the exams to get to work.
- During the exam period, go to bed early and get up early to study. You will remember your lessons better by revising in the morning.
- Don't wait until the last moment to start studying.
- Color code your notes. Use colors that each remind you of a material. This will make it easier for you to remember which grades correspond to which subjects.
- During an exam, focus on your work and don't get distracted by anything.
- Listen to the teacher and do not argue with your classmates during class.
- Watch a video on the topic you are studying. Sometimes listening to someone explain a topic can help you remember information better.
- Do not cheat. It's dishonest and rude and you will get zero. In addition, it will encourage you not to study.
- Not studying enough can be just as bad as studying too much, as your mind will shut down as you try to remember too much information at once.
- Missing an exam can be embarrassing and embarrassing, although there will be other chances of getting your grades up. Then do your best to study and pass your exams with flying colors.
- If you haven't prepared for an exam, during the semester and before the exam, expect to reap what you have sown.
- Blackouts are perhaps the scariest thing that can happen to you during your exam. They can occur for any subject, but it is possible to overcome them. For this you will need to relax your mind so that your brain comes out of its hysterical state. In the exam room, close your eyes, breathe in for 5 seconds, then let the air slowly escape through your nose. Repeat the exercise until you feel your knowledge resurface in your memory.