First things first; DON’T DO IT! It is neither a good idea nor a good habit to leave preparation for an exam till the eleventh hour. However, we all know that you will still most likely end up studying for the exam on the day before, like most of us. So, let’s get to part which helps you get out of this bind and not only avoid failing, but also secure a respectable grade.
Sun Tzu, the famous Chinese philosopher said in his seminal work, The Art of War, “If you know your enemy, and know yourself, then the outcome of the next hundred battles is known.” This seems to be a very apt analogy for the situation you find yourself in, so let’s get started.
After having gone through the solved examples, time to turn your attention to the previous years question papers. Go back 5-7 years and look at the types of questions that have popped up from the topics you are trying to master in those years. If you’re lucky, a couple of questions may get repeated, otherwise, they will most likely be variants of what has come before. Either way, you will not be caught off guard and that is key!
The final step is actual practice. From your textbook, solve the last 3-5 problems of every exercise in those chapters. Most textbooks follow a similar pattern of setting problems, the easier questions first and the harder ones last. Attempt and make sure you know how to solve these hard problems.
Alright, this should be able to get you through your exam. However, you may have won this battle, but you will definitely lose the war if you get into the habit of preparing for your exams last minute. Now GET OFF THE INTERNET, WE KNOW YOUR EXAM IS TOMORROW! GET STARTED ALREADY!