You totally don’t want to think about it right now, but you know finals are just around the corner. That means you can start studying for them and you already have a vast to-do list. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for your exams and get good marks and get everything else done.
1: Start early
Preparation for exams should begin earlier, not on the day before the test. You can’t prepare for an entire unit of information in one night. Get started at least few week before the exam.
2: Organize yourself
Begin by making yourself a organized outline and a daily schedule of topics for review. Cover a small amount of material for each class every day. Every time you complete a topic, give yourself a revision.
3: Make an Outline
Once you have decided what you need to study and how much time you need to spend studying, it is time to actually get to study. One of the best ways is to make interpretable outlines. As you read over your study materials like textbook and class notes, write a brief summarized note for each topic. Highlight the areas in your outline that were most difficult to remember. When you get done with all the material, you will have an outline you can review.
4: Make smartcards / flashcards
Similar to outlining, making smartcards or flashcards, whatever you call it is a really helpful technique for studying. By jotting down the information from your outline, you are already doing half the way through studying. Once the cards are made, you will have a portable study packet to look refer back.
5: Get help from someone experienced
If you are having trouble memorizing or grasping something or a particular concept is just not getting in, get help from seniors before it’s too late. Ask your teacher or friend to go over a glitch you might be having. Or if memorizing some vocabulary words seems like too much of a task to do, ask your family members to arrange a quiz for you with index cards.
6: Take ample Sleep
You need at least eight hours of sleep a night to function properly. Tests are designed so to make you think hard. If you are sleep-deprived and haven't got proper rest, you won’t be able to remember or recall any of the information you worked so hard to fit into your brain.
7:Keep yourself calm
Do not panic at the exam hall! Even if at first glance the test is overwhelming or seems difficult, remember to breathe deep. If a question seems too difficult, first answer all the questions you know, then return to the ones you left for later. Remind yourself that you are prepared well.
8: Don’t rush, Do your best
You have spent at least two weeks studying hard for this exam, so what’s the rush for another few minutes? Work through the exam slowly and peacefully and read all the questions before answering them down. If you are done before the time is over, look over your answers and correct any mistake.