How to prepare for exam


A lot of students fail examinations not because they didn't study well but because they went through the wrong approach to study for the examinations. The examination period will be very tense as there will be a lot of pressure on the students for excellent performance.

Completing the topics in the curriculum is important for most exams and students need to effectively manage their time for effective performance in the examination period. In this post, there will be tips for students that are studying to excel in their academics. The application of these tips has been proven to be filled with great results.

Tip 1: Begin your preparation early

A lot of students don't believe that they can start studying for exams as soon as classes or lectures begin, they mostly begin to study once the exams are close by. A student hoping to excel academically well and strong must not wait for an exam timetable before they start to study. Rushing to study at the last moment before exams will only lead to incomplete study and studying before exams will make revision much simpler. Ensure that before you write any subject or course, you have thoroughly understood the intricacies and can answer a wide range of questions about it.


Tip 2: Manage your time well

Students seem to have a euphoria of having enough time to themselves, which is untrue because no time is wasted that can be recovered. Students need to manage their time well to have enough time to rest and engage in other activities that will boost the functioning of their brains. Wasting time at the beginning of a term or session will tell in the results of the students. Every student learns appropriate time management skills to excel well academically.

Tip 3: Have specific goals while studying

So many students study for the sake of having to write and pass exams, this is a wrong goal for wanting to study, studying on the part of every student should be to know and gain knowledge generally. Having goals for each study session will help you study, more focused and understand what you're studying. Goals are created to be achieved and they motivate us to do more. 

Tip 4: Take advantage of technology

You can't know everything as a student and that's why the internet is unrestricted, take advantage of educational sites like Khan Academy, Quizlet, Quora, etc, and apps like YouTube. Watch videos and take practice questions, you can even do more extensive research on every topic you're studying because of the sake of gaining additional knowledge. Technology must not be only limited to the use of social media but students must find a way to use it for their academic work and use it the right way.

Tip 5: Eat healthily

Your health is important as a student preparing for exams, only one who is healthy would write exams with a sound mind and answer questions appropriately. Students must learn to eat healthy foods and exercise well regularly. Don't eat too much and don't eat too little, find a balance for feeding and ensure you don't starve yourself. An unhealthy student is at a great disadvantage if he/she is sick during the exam period. Students should endeavor to prioritize their health and ensure good hygiene even while taking care of themselves.

Tip 6: Rest well

During the examination period, most students are always studying and trying to cover up all that they've missed in class and they tend to overwork themselves. A tired student would not be able to perform effectively well during examination. Rest is important and must be inculcated into the habits of the students. Resting would help the brain perform well and reduce the stress level of the student.

Tip 7: Organize your study session

Don't study like a person that doesn't have an aim, organisation will keep you from being distracted and help you study and more focused. Creating time for your study and planning a schedule can keep you disciplined. Summaries of your study too should be done so you can use it during revision, then you wouldn't need to stress yourself before you recall all that you have studied even weeks before the examination.

Tip 8: Review past questions 

Practicing and studying old past questions is very effective for preparation for exams as it would help the student to understand how questions are set and in what way should the question be answered. It's important that students even time themselves while practicing old exams question papers so they can keep track of how long a question took them and work more effectively to manage their time inside the examination hall. They can get past exam papers from senior students or lecturers.

Tip 9: Study with others

You can gather your friends together or work with a study group in other to grow and share ideas. Especially for university students, you might have missed the class where the lecturer shared important information, not studying alone can help you get more information. You need to be disciplined with study groups so you don't get carried away by the chit chats and lose focus. It's also a way to keep challenging yourself and moving forward.

Tip 10: Have a positive approach to preparation

Your approach to a thing would determine how it would end up. Positivity can help you achieve success. Study for exams with every positive energy and don't be afraid to fail or get scared of any course. Whatever you put your mind to can be done as long as you put in the right effort. Think and act positively.

These few tips should be able to help you prepare better for exams and applying them would grant you the results that you want. Remember that if you want a different result, you have to do things a different way, the same effort will birth the same result. Academic excellence can be achieved. Stay focused.

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