With exams around the corner, some students may already be panicked and stressed out and that’s only normal! But guess what? NIS Today is here to help put those feelings away.
Exams and studying are definitely hard to cope with; however, it is possible to ace them like a breeze. So long as you truly believe that a brilliant, albeit deeply misunderstood, student such as yourself can plausibly do it… it can happen.
Please do NOT underestimate the importance of having a plan: otherwise, it will be like entering a medieval joust without your armor; it just wont end well -to say the least… How exactly should one make a study plan?
- Online resources: Khan Academy, McGrawHill, Glenco Education, Study.com, Cliffnotes, etc.
- Pens and pencils
- Calculator/ruler/compass (depending on the subject)
- Water (always stay hydrated)
- Study lamp
Preparation before the exam
Organize your environment, homework, and diversions toward the end of the day; and reserve a table for you and your favorite study material -be it Khan Academy or a comprehensive book- 15 to 30 minutes every morning -reverse things if you have problems focusing in the morning.
If you have too many diversions in your room; just head on over to your nearest café or library and just zone out the universe. If all fails, try using a lamp only for when you go to study; your brain will automatically -over time- tie between the lamp and your “study-mode”, thus streamlining the focus process.
If you want something more comprehensive; try the above 247-year-old daily schedule… Works like a charm! Remember, you can always adjust your schedule accordingly to fulfill your needs.
Seriously, even though “group studying” for an exam can turn into “How many sandwiches can I eat in a minute” group studying; we are all for teaching. So gather yourselves, sit down and stay on task…avoid any distractions.
Once you’ve understood a concept help out a friend who doesn’t quite understand it, and explain it! The information and and explanation will be stuck in your brain for a longer time, and lets not forget the added bonus of actively trying to understand the concept.
If you and your friend(s) hit a road block, do not…. we repeat DO NOT, hesitate to go and ask your teacher, together all of you will be able to grasp the concept better and gain a deeper understanding of the subject at hand.
Counting down to exams
If the countdown has begun… “may the force be with you!” Give the Pomodoro technique a try.
During the suggested breaks, try doing any form of exercise; the brain can only focus for so long on a single thing. You see, as you’ve probably noticed after half-an-hour of studying your interest and passion starts going down a hill, until reaching rock-bottom after 50 or so minutes; at that point you sometimes feel as if you’re staring at symbols, not words.
Run around the block, go up and down the stairs, do some pushups, maybe even do the Macarena; any type of movement will do the trick.
Remember, if you have extra time in your ” 25 minutes, do NOT use them to check your phone; look over what you have been studying.
The day before the exam
First of all, make sure that you do not panic! Do the same thing you’ve been doing, study and take your breaks accordingly.
Second of all try your best to sleep early, it makes all the difference. Insufficient sleep will only make things worse, your body and mind need the rest and they definitely deserve it! Sleep can boost your focus and productivity by 30 percent (check it out yourself at http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/). Lack of sleep will not only make you look terrible; it will make you feel terrible, and preform on the exam terribly.
Thirdly don’t skip breakfast, everyone knows it is the most important meal of the day! You’ve heard it from us; you’ve heard it from your teacher; you’ve heard it on television; without fuel in the tank, the engine will never be at full capacity!
Lastly, take a moment relax and allow yourself to breathe. A lot of people find peace by praying before exams and feel like they are better prepared. If that’s the case, we encourage you to do so!
Always remember that these tips and tricks are adjustable and work differently for each person; find what works for you and get started! Good luck NISians…. don’t forget to ace those exams!