A semester that follows the mid-term examination system comprises of the students needing to take two exams. In some institutions, yearly testing is conducted instead. Regardless of how often we take them, they are often very frustrating. Remember, thinking of failure will often lead to failure. You need to change your attitude, first.
Exam preparation includes a number of things that lead up to you sitting in for the actual exam. Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure success on your next exam.
First and foremost, you should be gathering your course outline and materials. Make sure that you have all the required books and your notes in front of you. If you don't have great notes, ask a peer if they're willing to help you out by lending you theirs. Before you can succeed, you at least need to have the opportunity to do so and in order for that to happen you'll need resources. The more you have your weapons prepared, the higher your chances are of winning the battle.
Believe In Yourself
Don't think about your previous failures. If your determination is strong, anything is possible. Don't think about words like "can't" "fail" and "impossible." Say out loud, "this is possible!" Believe in yourself.
Make sure you give yourself 7-10 days before and if you properly study and are focused, you'll be able to successfully get through the exam. Have faith in God, and trust in your abilities. When you have a plate full of rice, you take it in by the spoonful, not all at once. The same concept applies to your exam studies. Divide the workload among those 10 days equally and commit to the load you've assigned yourself on each given day. This helps to break your huge course into small, digestible pieces. Now, it is easier to get through.
Focus on the Important Material Only
Make sure that you focus only on what's going to be tested. You have to be very specific and to-the-point. Many of the problems we incur in our educational career arise because we create them ourselves. Focus only on what is important and relevant, and forget the rest.
Phone your phone on silent mode and stop the usual wasteful texting. Don't waste time watching your usual movies and TV shows, and only listen to songs if they help you study. Parties are fun, but they'll need to wait until your exams are over — you have far more important things to achieve in this period. Promise your friends that they'll see you more after this 10-day study period. This time is crucial in all aspects. Don't waste it on that activities that can hurt your grades.
Lastly, don't forget to breathe! The oxygen will help calm you and is de-stressing.
It's all about your attitude, and you'll need to pace yourself and try to remain calm. Cool-minded average students score higher than really tense, above average students. You have a choice here, believe me! You can do it. Just relax.
By Prasad Kannan