Exam time is stress time for most students. This is because they do not know how to get started with exam preparation. Starting the exam preparation early and being systematic about it relieves the student of exam stress. Let’s practise gives valuable tips in preparing notes and using practice worksheets for exam preparation.
Tips for successful Exam Preparation
Collect Exam Details
Before the exam, amass all the relevant exam details. Is it a weekly, monthly or annual test? Is the question paper likely to be a common Board paper or a specific School-based one? What is the timetable for the exam? What are the portions for each subject? How many days do you have to prepare for each exam? What is the duration of the exam?
Gain information from your teachers about the nature of the questions for the exam and the marks allocation for each type. Will the questions be objective or subjective? Will there be essay questions or multiple-choice ones? Is there negative marking for wrong ones? Are diagrams, graphs, maps etc. included in the exam? Can you use Clark’s tables for logarithms?
Details like these do matter a lot as they bring clarity to your exam preparation.
Check for the availability of notes for your exam portions.
The syllabus for the exam has been communicated to you. Check if you have all the relevant notes. Some notes might be missing, misplaced or simply not taken. Ascertain if you have all the notes including the last minute revisions or model question papers. See if you have to gather additional information and if so, do it now itself before the exam.
Outline your study schedule
Prepare your own study timetable allocating more time for tough subjects. If you have more lead time before easy subjects, use that for preparing the tough ones.
Let your timetable be precise with all details of even the number of hours for each subject duly filled in.
Fill in the timetable on a Calendar and pin it up at your desk or in a place like a fridge which you are bound to cross every day.
Review your notes thoroughly
Go through your notes for each subject thoroughly. Have you marked all the answers? Are any worksheets incomplete? Are any lessons missing?
Double-check the completeness of your notes with your friends to ensure you are fully stocked with the study material to avoid last-minute stress.
Mark and highlight important portions
While reviewing your notes, mark or highlight important portions by underlining them or by using fluorescent markers. This will help you in your revision at the eleventh hour.
Allot a space for study
Choose and arrange a separate and silent place for your study. It could be your study desk, a corner of your bedroom or even the attic. but make sure you do not have any diversions there.
Keep all necessary items for study there including your seating arrangement, stationery, alarm clock, water bottle, reference books etc. Keep your study space free of clutter to help you gain concentration.
Organize your study routine
Your study routine must be clear and consistent to achieve success. Organize your study routine for each day like this-
- informing the members of the family of your schedule
- asking them not to disturb you in-between
- requesting them to turn off music or TV volume when you study
- handing over your mobile phones to them to avoid distraction
- seeking their help to offer you hot beverages like tea or milk and snacks at the time when you need it or wake you up if, by any chance, you drop off to sleep.
When you do this, your resolve to study becomes stronger as you have reinforced the urge to study for yourself. It also brings in a commitment to adhere to your study schedule.
Practise Meditation and Breath Control
Before you start your exam preparation, take a deep breath and do some meditation. Pranayama or Breathing control exercises help you focus and gain concentration and remove stress, anxiety and exam fear. The Chopra Center teaches some easy ways for kids to learn meditation.
Having done all this, try to revise using past question papers or practice papers like the ones offered at Let’s practise to assimilate your exam concepts.
Now you are all set and ready to study.
Go ahead! Good luck!