Preparing to Pass Examinations
Aug 28, 2008 Study Skills 2082 Views
An exam tests more than your knowledge. It tests your mental discipline and emotional stability too. Some students occasionally collapse under the threat of exams. Fear makes them nervous or they suddenly become sick. To avoid this disease of test anxiety, try the following prescription:
If you have studied properly, there should be no reason to cram at the last minute. It is much wiser to get a good night’s sleep than to stay up till the early hours of the morning and then be half awake during the exam. Avoid strain and fatigue by eating regularly and getting your usual amount of sleep.
Like your body, your mind needs to be in a good state of health also. If you face an emotional block or a mental blackout, you should re-examine your study habits. Allow yourself enough time to review so that there are no last-minute regrets or tensions. Immediately before the exam, relax. Don’t waste energy by worrying, disputing small details with friends, or suddenly trying to memorize something. Simply be confident that you have done and will do your best.
When an exam is announced, you can best prepare yourself in the following way:
1.As early as possible, begin to plan your time for review. Arrange your schedule so that you have enough time to continue your regular studies, but begin to add hours here and there for a careful conscientious review.
2.To review doesn’t mean to reread the textbook or to memorize facts and formulas at the last minute. If you have studied properly, you should need only to look through your notes or the underlined parts of your textbook. From this perspective, summarize the main facts. Organize the material into meaningful patterns and relationships. Don’t waste time reviewing material you fully understand, except to relate it to other material.
3.It is practical to study for an exam in the same way you expect to take the exam. Therefore, there is good reason to know the kind of exam your teacher plans to give so that you can anticipate the kind, if not the exact content, of questions. If you are expected to solve problems, prepare by practising different types of problems. If you are expected to discuss a physical theory or to explain the preparation of a chemical compound, concentrate on that. Etc.
4.After you have reviewed often and briefly during the preceding days, quickly review all the material the night before the exam. The next morning you might want to go over some material briefly, but don’t expect to learn anything new. It is too late for that.
How to take an Examination:
Whether an exam is an objective or essay type, it is a good idea to look over the whole exam before beginning to write anything. Be sure you understand the directions. Notice if you are told how to divide your time. If there is a choice of questions, consider each choice carefully. While taking the exam, keep these important points in mind:
1.Be sure that you follow directions. They may change from question to question, or they may be different from what you accustomed to.
2.Work steadily but not with nervous haste or pressure. Notice the time, and don’t spend more than the suggested time on any one question.
3.Write legibly, and write letters and numbers accurately.
4.When you finished, don’t sit back, look about the room to see whether others have noticed how fast you have completed the exam. Go back over the paper carefully. Reread the directions and make sure you have followed them exactly.
5.After reviewing your paper, be sure you have written your name on the exam. You are then ready to submit your exam.