Upcoming Exams; When You’re Unprepared

Written by: Joshua Paul Z. Plando

Exam time is here again. Que the late night study sessions, stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights. Unfortunately, many of us are feeling a bit unprepared as we reach this point in the semester. All of those classes we skipped and notes we hardly wrote down are coming back to bite us in the ass. It’s a terrible feeling. Somehow though, this feeling of unpreparedness gets us every time during the weeks leading up to exams. Even when we have a good set of notes and attended every lecture, we still feel a little uneasy about our approaching exams.

Luckily though, we’re going to form your study strategy based on how teachers generally create exams. Your strategy is to begin studying from the end of the Preliminary and Quarterly Exams and work your way backwards through the Exams. This way you thoroughly cover the material with the highest likelihood of appearing on the exam. Along with providing the helpful hint of studying your Preliminary and Quarterly exams; start at the end and work your way back to the beginning.

As you know, there are two kinds of exams, essay exams and question based exams This free report covers unique methods of preparing for both types. So, follow this steps if you want to feel a little bit less stressed about your upcoming exams.

Give this article a quick read-through. You won’t regret it.

Tips on Exam Days

1. Don’t panic on exam day. On the night before the exam, and in the morning, read through your notes a few times, then put them away.

2. Don’t panic if you have not studied well. Just think over the question and you might remember something the teacher taught you. After all, you are studying things that men/women have discovered before without previous knowledge.

3.Make your own reviewer. Write your keywords in every topic and use different colors of ink for easy recognition. When you create your reviewer, use all the resources you have available. Make sure to personalize it so you can enjoy it!

4. Eat a healthy breakfast that day, so you feel energized, but don’t eat so much that you feel full. Something to consider is a study that says males do better on tests if they are slightly hungry, and females do better on tests if they are slightly full. Again, don’t overdo it.

5. You gain less by studying for exams at the last minute. One way to think about it is to start studying for the next exam as soon as you get the material, don’t wait until a week before the test to start.

6. Try and have all your study notes complete at least 2 weeks before the exam. This allows you plenty of time to work through past papers to revise and review anything you’re a bit hazy on.

7. In the lead up to exams, try and get your hands on some exam papers from previous years. Doing these before the real exam will give you an idea as to what you’ll be up against and will highlight anything you still need to revise.

8. If you suffer from exam stress then take a calming antidote, perhaps a herbal tea. Just don’t drink too much because it’ll make you drowsy.

9. Don’t stress out, it makes your mind work slower.

10. Realize that you may need to internalize information actively to keep focused. This may be accomplished by following the text with a pencil and whispering the text to yourself to ensure that you are progressing during your study segments of time.

11. Reproduce the academic material from memory to monitor retention levels at regular intervals as a sort of self-testing mechanism.

12. Have a balance in life, exams are simply a quick and lazy way to assess people.

13. Develop a positive attitude towards exams. If you are well prepared you’ll walk into the exam room thinking “WOW! I can’t wait to prove myself to these examiners, I’m gonna Ace this test, just to show them.” Negative attitude: “Oooh, I’m so nervous. I hate exams; what’s the point? I really don’t feel up to this“.

14. While some can be, most exams aren’t really this big. Exams are really just large quizzes with a time limit. No big deal.

16. During the exam, avoid blanks. Try as hard as you can to make an intelligent guess. Take the closest answer but remember not to take too much of your time in answering one item. Go back and review your answers after you finish the exam, if you still have time.

17. Always have a positive attitude.

18. Believe in yourself. You must be confident on what you’ve studied.

WARNING on Exam Days

1. If you have’nt prepared yourself for the test, during the term, and before the test, do not expect a high mark! Don’t cheat. It is very dishonest and rude.

2. Too much study can be as bad as not enough study because the mind shuts down when too much information is crammed into it.

3. Mind blanks are possibly the most frightening things to occur in an exam. They can happen in any subject, but you can overcome them. The only way to overcome mind blanks is to relax the brain from its hysterical state. In the exam room, close your eyes, breathe in for 5 seconds and let it release through the mouth automatically. Repeat this until you can feel the facts crawling back into your memory.

4. Don’t try to learn a new chapter a day before the exam; instead, revise what you already know. Practice lots of past papers as possible, so that you’ll be familiar with exam board tricks.

5. After you take the exam, scan all your answers and check for spelling or other minor mistakes. Check before you regret!

6. If it  is the day before the test, and you do not know the material, an all nighter will NOT help. It will only leave you exhausted during the exam, and you will most likely do even worse on it. Just get a good nights sleep, and do as well as you can.

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