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These Effective Study Tips will Help you Nail your Exams

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Setting a timetable
3. Simplification of study materials
4. Suitable environment and Habits
5. Self-confidence and Tackling exam fear
6. Studying in Groups
7. Summary

17 December 2020

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Introduction               

Feeling nervous before your Upcoming exams?

All that studying, revision, and almost nauseating prep work comes down to just 2-3 hours! That’s all the time that is given to you to prove how well you know the subject.

That's why it is very important that exam Preparation should be done well in advance.

A lot of students leave things to the last minute. In doing so they miss a lot of important topics and hence get lesser marks.

Even if you haven't studied seriously till now, there's still time to prepare enough to do well in the exams. Start Now!

Here are some of the important tips and hacks for hassle-free exam preparation!

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How to Set a Proper Timetable?

Students should know their exam dates and prepare a well-defined study time table at least a month before, which includes the writing practice for the lessons. The time table should include:

  • Hour wise topics
  • Day wise topics
  • Small breaks (5 minutes every 30 minutes is recommended)
  • Long breaks (For lunch, dinner, etc.)
  • Time to do writing practices
  • Time for mock tests

Start as early as possible, it will give you enough time to revise the lessons. If chapters are revised regularly, they begin to take lesser time and settle in your memory.

Colorful weekly timetable for exams


Simplification of study materials

  • Answers can be converted into simple flow charts and diagrams. This makes them easier to understand and remember.
  • Taking proper notes while listening to the teacher will help while preparing for exams. 
  • Go through your notes every day, right after class. This will help recollect the information you just learned. 
  • Make short notes for books, chapters, and big essays and make them easier to learn and remember. 
  • Use techniques like Feynman to explain the concept to an imaginary friend on paper.

Suitable environment and Habits

  • Study in a clean, quiet, and orderly room.
  • Students focus better in a brighter environment. 
  • Turn on the lights at night and open the windows in the day.
  • Maintain silence in the room by turning off the TV and any other kind of music or noise.
  • The student must be away from social media. 
  • The right posture helps to maintain focus, walking around may also help some students.

Setting for room for studying

 
Study in a different location

Studying at the same place at all times might get monotonous and boring. Instead, a change of location may help increase attention span and help in providing a better output.

This happens as a change in surrounding refreshes the brain and maintains energy levels. However, make sure the chosen environment is free from distractions. 

Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthy Food

Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water in a day. 

  • It keeps your body hydrated and keeps your mind fresh. 
  • It ensures quick learning and it saves time. 
  • Having refreshing beverages may also help.

                                 
 Have a balanced diet.

  • Eat healthy food which includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 
  • It gives energizes your body and your mind. 
  • Don’t study on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid taking caffeine.
  • Have a breakfast that contains basic vitamins, fatty acids, etc.
  • A sample breakfast may include a spinach omelet with smoked salmon, whole-wheat toast, and a banana.

 

eating healthy fruits and vegetable is helpful in exams

                               
Exam stress

Preparing for exams can often lead to stress. 

Here are some of the ways to deal with exam stress:

  • Meditation and short naps will help keep your mind stress free. 
  • It keeps you fresh and enhances your exam preparation.
  • Poor sleep leads to more tension which accumulates the toxins in your body. 
  • To reduce these unnecessary things one should sleep for at least 8 hours a day.                              
  • Extracurricular activities like exercise, aerobics, walking, cycling, swimming, sports, etc relieve stress. 
  • Avoid going to bed right after studying, relax for a while before. 
  • Laughter therapy is also a great reliever of stress.

Girl doing mediatation helps uin refreshing mind before exams


Self-confidence and Tackling exam fear                            

Being well prepared for an exam means you can be confident while attempting it. Confidence is often the key to success.

Here are some things that help in building confidence:

  • Practicing questions and writing answers will help build confidence. 
  • Avoid last-minute preparations to prevent exam fear.
  • Revise well in advance. 
  • Doing everything in a hurry is often a cause for panic.

Positive thinking: man watching himself in mirror imagining to be successful


Studying in Groups                                         

Studying with friends can be very beneficial. Understanding topics may become much easier with discussions.

Certain concepts may be difficult to understand for one but not another. Listening to a friend's explanation can be a great way to achieve clarity.

However, one must be wary, often studying with friends may be distracting and could potentially reduce productivity.

Study with friends that you know is serious enough for the upcoming exams otherwise you may end up wasting your precious time.

group study with friends for exam preparation

 

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Summary 

This blog consists of some of the various habits and practices that can be done by a student to maximize their productivity and perform better in their examinations.

While these tips are very helpful and can take up your exam preparation to a whole new level, they alone cannot guarantee your exam success. 

These should be combined with hard work and dedication as they are the basic pillars of exam success.

If you can't focus for long hours, try breaking your study session into small chunks and do the things you like in breaks.

Slowly build up your focus and increase the length of your study sessions at once.

Also, after you are done with your syllabus, keep revising, and start giving mock tests to practice in the simulated exam environment.

Best of Luck!


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What’s the best pre-bedtime ritual you should follow for your child in exams?

  • Make sure your child is not in front of the computer screen or a mobile device for at least 60 mins before bedtime.
  • Keep relaxing activities such as reading a story or listening to gentle music apart from their usual bedtime routine.
  • Don’t give heavy snacks or too many fluids to your child before they hit the bed. You can, however, give them a light snack or some juice or milk before they sleep.

Why is sleep important during exams?

Sleep deprivation can cause tension-anxiety, mood disturbances, confusion, and physical/mental fatigue among children. This can hamper your child's performance in exams.

How to study for Exams?

  • Make a well planned timetable for daily preparation with realistic goals.
  • Simplify your study materials and don't refer to too many books. Stick to one of them.
  • Study in a clean, quiet, and organized place.
  • Take short breaks between study sessions.
  • Eat healthy food and stay hydrated.
  • Do exercises and mediation.

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