8 simple ways to prepare well for exams
Written by Jessica Robinson
Examinations are an integral part of student life. You have to take them at regular intervals and perform well to pave closer towards your dreams. Further, you can perform well only if you prepare well for your exams. But I know most of you find it hard to prepare for exams, but the good news is that we will make exam preparations simpler for you here. As you go through this blog, you’ll find that actual exam preparation isn’t that hard. It is quite simple if given proper time and acceptable practices implementation. Now, without taking more of your time, let’s proceed towards discussing seven simple ways to prepare well for exams:
1. Don’t procrastinate and schedule your preparations early on:
One of the most crucial things which you have to do to prepare well for exams is to give up on procrastination. Whenever you find yourself saying that there are still two months or so left for the examinations, there is no need to study right now! Then, just take a deep breath and try to bring a change in your internal dialogue. For this, you can do a simple activity, and it is to imagine how calm and comfortable your exam preparation can be if you start preparing slowly every day? Your inner voice will give you an answer in agreement that it is good to start preparing early on. This will help you eliminate procrastination and schedule your preparations early on.
If you feel like procrastination grips you hard and this much won’t be sufficient to get over it, then you can try another trick to get rid of it. For this, you have to write on a paper what grades you wish to achieve in exams. Under those grades, you have to write big and bold that this isn’t possible if procrastination continues. Once done, you can paste this paper on a wall in your room. Now, whenever you find yourself delaying your exam preparations, just go and read what you have written on the page once or twice. As you do so, you’ll be able to get over procrastination and carry on with your exam preparations.
2. Designate a time slot for exam preparation:
Every day you have a lot of things to do. You are attending classes, participating in co-curricular activities, completing assignments, and so on. With so much to do, you can make time for exam preparation only if you designate a proper time slot for it. This time slot should be separate from the one during which you complete your assignments and homework. If you study dedicatedly during this time slot every day, you’ll perform well in examinations.
3. Plan for success:
What do you do when you have to participate in a sports event? You start preparing for it at least 7 to 10 days before the day the event has to take place, right? You do so to perform well in the event. Similarly, to perform well in exams, you have to start preparing early on. Depending on the number of subjects you have to study and the syllabus, you should try to start studying sufficient time before the commencement of your examinations. This is planning for success. Moreover, you should also divide the syllabus of different subjects into segments and slowly cover them during your preparation time before exams. For example, suppose you decide to start preparing two months before exams. In that case, you can divide the syllabus of different subjects into various segments to be covered during this time interval. This way, you can gradually complete your entire syllabus before examinations. This will save you from having to complete your entire syllabus overnight. As a result, you won’t feel stressed out before exams and be well prepared to rock!
4. Make short notes while studying:
As you sit and study, do make short notes regarding whatever you have learned. This will benefit you in two important ways. First of all, it will increase your attention span while studying. Secondly, it is not a good idea to go through an entire chapter repeatedly for revision. It will consume a lot of time, isn’t it? If you have short notes with you, where all the important points are mentioned, you can quickly revise things. So, you should always try to make quick notes while studying. Further, you can utilize coloured pens to make the note-making process interesting for yourself.
5. Devote weekends to weekly revision:
As we all have experienced, our brain forgets things we have learned over time. This happens mostly when we prepare something for once and don’t revise it again. So, one of the simplest tricks to prepare well for exams is to revise your short notes from time to time correctly. For this, what you can do is to devote weekends to weekly revision. Whatever you have prepared within a week, you should revise the short notes related to it thoroughly on the weekends. This will help you memorize things better and contribute to your exams’ success.
6. Utilize the Pomodoro technique for productive studies:
Now, here is an essential question for you. Does it ever happen to you that you have been studying for around 2 hours but still haven’t studied much? This is quite a common occurrence among students of all age groups. This happens due to a lack of productivity. Now, is there something that you can do about it? Yes, there is. To enhance your studying productivity, you can start utilizing the Pomodoro technique. It involves studying for short segments of 25 minutes each, then taking a break for 5 to 7 minutes. Further, once you complete four study cycles of 25 minutes each, you can take a more extended break for 30 minutes. This technique works because it makes your brain believe that studying for just 25 minutes is an easy task. This helps increase your concentration power, and you can study in a better manner.
Moreover, after around 25 minutes of dedicated studies, your brain is about to get exhausted, resulting in a productivity loss. The Pomodoro technique stimulates you to take a break, right before your brain gets completely exhausted. With the provision of a break, your brain gets the time to rejuvenate, and its productivity gets restored. You can try to make use of the Pomodoro technique for productive studies.
7. Celebrate the milestones achieved:
It is often hard to stay self-motivated to study. You may begin your exam preparations with a lot of enthusiasm, but soon after a day or two, it may fade away. Then, you can again find it hard to continue studying. Now, here is this point we will discuss an excellent way to keep yourself motivated to learn well. It is to simply celebrate the milestones you achieve while preparing for your exams. For example, if you have covered two major chapters of a subject, then you can give yourself a treat for that by eating your favourite chocolate. This way, you can keep yourself motivated to keep going.
8. Do make some time for relaxation and rejuvenation:
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” You must have heard this saying, which throws light on the truth. If you keep studying, without making any time for relaxation and rejuvenation, your life will take a dull form. This is something you don’t wish for at all, isn’t it? So, even while your exam preparations are going on, don’t forget to take some time out to play or do other things you love. You can spend some time with your friends, dance if that is what you love doing, whatever it is, just do something for yourself. These things will help you stay relaxed and prepare in a better manner.
Adequate preparation is the secret to good exam performance. The ways mentioned above will help you prepare well for your exams and achieve the desired grades. Now, wishing you All the Best, and may you accomplish the expected grades in your examinations.