Exams are a necessary part of the modern day life. With competition increasing in almost every sector exams have become necessary as a filtering mechanism and picking out the deserving candidates from the crowd.
Right from the time a child starts his/her education they have to start writing in exams. The purpose of examinations or tests vary quite a lot. While in some cases, exams are necessary to get promoted to higher classes, some organizations also conduct tests before recruitment. Whatever may be the exam format or its purpose one thing that matters the most is your preparation.
Preparation of an exam depends on many factors like the format, syllabus, question type and passing marks. But, generally speaking all exams have one thing in common and to succeed in them, dedicated hard work is required. With proper scientific methods students or test givers can complete their preparations without exerting themselves too much. While it is almost impossible to succeed in any test without working for it, with the correct methods you can make your job a bit easier.
Scientifically, you should create a well-planned study schedule, must include 20 minutes of cardio in your daily routine, as it helps improve your memory. You should study in the intervals or distribute your study over time, it will help retain concepts for longer, also keep altering the study place, which will help improve retention. Review the hardest topics daily before going to bed, it will help recall the topics later. Make notes of important concepts, re-practice the concepts till you master them.
Scientifically preparing for an examination is efficient and can save lots of time and effort for the candidates. The first thing to do in any type of examination is to understand the pattern of the questions. The best way to do so is to solve a few previous year question papers or give mock tests. Preferably solve the previous question papers in a formal environment and try completing it within the stipulated time duration to get a more realistic feel. Use visual aids like diagrams and flowcharts when applicable, as they help in boosting your memory. It is good to make notes too, as writing something down makes it easier to memorize.
Look over the syllabus of the exam carefully. Identify your strong and weak areas and decide on the time you want to spend preparing for a particular topic. It is much better to plan ahead as it will provide you with an objective. Don’t spend much time on your strong areas instead opt for the areas that you aren’t very comfortable in. Make a schedule and try sticking to it. Preparation depends a lot on the type of exam you have to face. For example, if you have to give a subjective examination you have to practice writing while there is no need for such an objective test.
Keep your mind calm and focussed. Try not to get distracted and worried over small issues. It is better to start preparing for your examination while there is still plenty of time. Leaving off preparations for the last moment can be harmful as it may cause stress. One of the biggest enemy of a student is stress, and it should be constantly avoided. Students also should take regular well deserved breaks while preparing as they help the students in relaxing and clearing their head. It is better to prepare and study with someone as discussing important topics help you understand them better. Lastly, it is also important to take good care of your health so try to take a nutritious diet.
With the changing technology, study habits are also changing. E-learning has gained a lot of popularity in recent days, but scientifically nothing is better than print materials when it comes to preparing. Also, listening to music is a way to boost your preparation, as it changes the mood. Do not try multitasking, as it interrupts studying, disturbs concentration and slowdowns the information captivation.
You may need to consider changing up the way you prepare for exams, if your existing study plan does not include scientifically proven methods. Smart study, hard work, and commitment is all you need to score high.
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