High school exams are pivotal in the life of any student as acts as a stepping stone for their future. Not only do good results in the exam help you secure seats in a stream of your choice, but are the true test of merit, and successful accomplishment of exams will boost your confidence, helps you secure a scholarship and can be a determining factor in making important career choices.
But, this is nothing to panic about, life ahead is a vast ocean and will always be fruitful based on the choices you make. We have prepared a list of important To-Do things that will help you tackle the exams confidently and stay ahead of others.
1. Have a clear idea on what you know and don’t know
Creating a timetable is a well-known practice for time management. In order to set a time table, you need to be aware of where you stand in each subject. Take out the index page of your textbook and rank chapters based on how much you know in that chapter. Give more time to chapters that you are less familiar with, and cover chapters that you are confident at the end. This way, you won’t panic if you suddenly hit a tough topic.
2. Find what works for you
All of us are different from each other. Maybe your friends are comfortable with studying at night but it does not mean that you too have to study at night. Find out how you can study best. Remember, there are no such things as right or wrong ways of studying; it’s just ways that can produce effective results and ways that cannot. Narrate the story of the novel to your friend; memorize difficult theories by converting them to the lyrics of a song.
3. Create handmade notes
When you prepare handmade notes, you tend to automatically reorganize the content in the best way you can recollect. This way when you do revision, you can easily recollect what you have written down.
4. Don’t memorize!
Avoid memorizing theories and answers word by word. Your brain tends to follow patterns, and if you miss a single word, you might end up messing the whole answer. Understand the concept. If you know the actual concept you will recognize it during the exam. Moreover, understanding the concept will be more valuable later in life than you think.
5. Remember your diagrams and graphs
Pictures are easier relatable and memorable that plain text. May a time you can work back from a diagram and graphs to give explanations. This will also help to revise the points within a short duration.
6. Cover strong section
Last day of the exam, avoid spending more time on something new that you missed out on. Rather revise on a topic that you are strong with. Starting new topics has more chances of getting forgotten and even increasing panic for the exam.
7. Improve speed and accuracy
Exams are not just a test of your knowledge. It’s a test of speed and accuracy. Practice reading and understanding questions and essays faster. Practice writing and restructuring your answers for better speed. This will also help you understand the concept better.
8. Eat healthy food
While preparing for Exams make sure you eat food that will help you to improve your ability to focus. Do not overeat or have too much sweet that will make you sleepy. Maintain a good and balanced diet. Drink a lot of water too!
9. Release tension in your body
Research has proved that regular yoga for just 30 minutes can help in improving retention, recall, and several other vital cognitive abilities. So, no matter how busy you exercise daily. The least, take a walk outside and get some fresh air.
10. Get your hands on practice papers
Once you complete your preparation, do not forget to gauge your preparation with model exams. You can take this test from your home and get results on the spot. The results will help you to know the weak areas so that you can focus on them more and improve your scores in the exams.
11. Do not compromise on sleep
Ensure that you get enough sleep, mainly the night before the exam. Remember, proper sleep increases alertness and also helps reduce stress. You should sleep for at least 8 hours every day.
Exams play a vital role in one’s life and feeling nervous before it is normal. However, if you prepare for it in the right way, there is nothing to get tensed. Follow the above-mentioned tips and let us know how it helped you during your exam preparation.
Good Luck with the exams!