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Half-yearly exams – How to prepare?

It feels as though June just went by and my child just joined school for the new academic year.  I can still smell the fresh new books and remember the feel of the crisp new uniform. And hey – the half-yearly exams are already around the corner. How time flies! Add to this the festive season and a slight panic raises its head in your chest.

The half-yearly exams can be a blessing in disguise. It gives you the perfect opportunity to test yourself. It also lets you know how well prepared you are for the final end-of-year exams. For parents, it is the right time to know how much more help your child needs. Letspractise can be a great tool to gauge the preparedness of your child.

Every parent wants their child to fare well in the exams. How to be a performing student? How can you ace the exams without breaking too much sweat?

Here are a few tips which can help:

Make a timetable.

This will highlight how much work you have and help you plan your study time accordingly. It will allow you to allocate time for revision. Make sure to allow a buffer for last-minute project work assigned by the school, practical exams, lab-time etc. Here are some helpful tips to help make a timetable. 

Use Highlighters while studying

This is one of the best weapons in your arsenal. While studying a chapter highlight all the important points which you think can help later on. But you need to make sure that you don’t overuse the highlighter because it defeats the whole purpose and also leaves you with a mess with no head or tail. Use the highlighter wisely so that you can read the important pointers even at the last minute before entering the examination hall.

Assess. Revise. Learn

So how to study? For each chapter, read it thoroughly first. Then attempt different types of questions without seeing the answers. This will allow you to assess how much you really know and which areas are a problem. Then focus on problem areas only, the second time around. Repeat this process until the entire chapter is learnt.

writing is the best way to learn

Our brain learns much better when we write something down. The brain captures an image of what we write and then process it for better understanding. This helps us to learn and remember what we have studied and stays with us for a longer time. The whole process may demand some extra time compared to your usual routine, but it’s worth it.

Switch subjects to break monotony

It is a known fact that reading the same subject over a long duration of time can be very boring and tiresome. It is advisable not to force oneself to study the subject if you don`t feel like it. The best way to cope with it is to study different subjects. The switch will help you freshen up and start again with new vigor.

monitor your diet 

Heavy and friend foods make the body work harder to digest them. This results in lethargy and laziness. It makes the mind sluggish. Eat a light and healthy meal every 2-3 hours, like salads, fruits and nuts. Reduce portion sizes of meals slightly. Do drink ample amount of water so that you don’t fall sick right before the exams. Here are some tips to eat right while preparing for half-yearly exams.

Sleep well 

We believe that if we pull an all-nighter it will help us cover all chapters and topics. This is the wrong way to do it. Make sure that you sleep at least 6-7 hours every day. This way when the exams are close by and you need a little more extra study hours, you won’t have to cut down on your sleep time. The body will be accustomed to the sleep pattern and you will feel fresh every time you wake up.

Do not burn out

We tend to study for long hours thinking it will help us cover all our topics. However, this is not a good way to study. Our body needs rest after every couple of hours. Sitting down for long stretches in one go will do more harm than good. It is imperative that you take breaks from your study which will give your body time to rejuvenate and you can start with a fresh mind. This is a good article that explains the importance of rest for a student.

Plan Last minute stuff

Follow the instructions given about the types of pouches and stationery allowed in the exam hall. Make sure you have your pen, pencil, refills, eraser, geometry box, sharpener, scale, graph, and any other items which you may need for the exam. Keep your id-card, uniform, shoes and packed bag ready the night before. Don’t forget to set your alarm clock. This will allow to you leave in a relaxed and happy frame of mind for the exam. Make sure to have a light breakfast before you leave.

last but not the least……

There is no need to panic before the half-yearly exams, just keep calm and believe in yourself that you can do it. The best results will come forward when you work with your strengths and not worry about the weaknesses.

Letspractise offers test series and chapter-wise worksheets for revision and online MCQ tests for self-assessment. Boards supported are CBSE/ICSE/State/IGCSE. Grades supported are 1st to 10th.

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