Sunday, 8 December 2013
5 Study Tips to Ace Those Tests!
Hi, fellow students.
Exam season is right around the corner for most of us, unfortunately. For some it's just a class test, for others (myself included!) it's a preboard!
But no matter what the duration or the significance of the exam is, you need to know the right way to study. So cheer up, because here are my top five tips to ace those exams! :D
1) Stay calm and focused while studying:
I know, this is rather obvious. Funny how most of us don't do this, though. Listen to some relaxing music, switch off your phones if they're too tempting and check out my tips for dealing with exam stress here. Just focus and aim for good marks. Don't study just to 'pass'. Study to do your best and to learn new things. ^_^
2) Don't skip chapters:
If you run out of time, understandable. Happens to all of us. But if you're only learning what's important and leaving out the basics, you're going to mess things up! Instead, start with what you're good at first and then move to the difficult sections. Forget what carries the most marks! Just study what you feel like studying. :)
3) Use your mind:
If I hear one more person say that the only way to study theoretical subjects is to memorise all the chapters, I'm going to kill them with just my mind!
I wish people would stop thinking this way. Memorising history lessons or english answers will neither give you knowledge nor 'help you pass'. You need to use your brain and understand what those words are all about. Relate them to real-life scenarios. Use examples in your head, but please don't learn the matter by heart!
4) Don't overthink:
You might think you're using your mind if you start questioning everything the textbook states, but you're just confusing yourself even more! Understand that all subjects are different. Economics is full of assumptions. Accounts and Maths need logic. Don't mix up the concepts of one subject with another. What is said in Business Studies about depreciation is going to be different from a definition in Accounts.
This might also happen to you if you haven't studied the basics. Because you jump right into the complicated stuff, you start overthinking, you get confused, and you get stressed out. We don't want that, do we?
5) Be confident:
I don't know how many times I've said this on my blog, but... you've got to be confident about yourself! If you walk into an exam thinking there's no way you'll pass, you won't do very well in the test. But if you think that you know everything (even if you don't), you'll end up writing better answers than the first scenario.
It's all psychological! If you think you're awesome, you'll become awesome.
Say that to yourself!
I hope these tips helped you. Have you ever made any of these mistakes? Let me know in the comments below.
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Good luck with your exams; I'll see you later! :)