Top Tips to Revise for Exams
- Mar 15, 2015
Your exams are just lurking around the corner and you are down with that ailment that afflicts almost every other student across the world - ‘exam fever’! Math, Chemistry, English, Physics – each of the subjects almost scare you to death as you have just started studying seriously for your exams. You feverishly turn the pages of your textbooks, read your notes time and again, and yet have this feeling that you are unprepared for your exams.
So, what is it that went wrong? Answer my question honestly: have you ever tried studying at least four months prior to your exams? Let me tell you something, cramming up all your lessons at the very last moment really does not help much. And so is staying up the entire night before a Math exam revising your formulas.
Preparing for exams requires patience, hard work, sincerity and a generous dose of discipline as well. But, most importantly, it is all about how you revise your lessons that actually determines your exam grades. Continue reading to unearth some of the top tips to revise for your exams:
- Decide your place: First of all, you must decide on your study space. An isolated room in your house devoid of distractions would be an ideal study-room for you. If you enjoy studying individually, I suggest you also visit a library, apart from the study space at your home. At times, do make it a point to alter your place of study just to break the monotony. Clean up your desk as well as that helps you concentrate better.
- Create a timetable: Plan your studies well by creating a detailed study routine and try and stick to it as much as possible. When you’re preparing the time-table, check if you are missing out on any subject being taught at school. Keep some time aside for your daily revision that might include revising the lessons covered at school on that particular day. Such proper planning would relieve you of unnecessary stress during your exams and motivate you to study much in advance.
- Set reasonable goals: You are your best judge. Therefore, instead of being too harsh on yourself, set reasonable goals that are more easily attainable. For instance, if you find Trigonometry challenging, practice a minimum of 15 Trigonometry problems every day rather than trying to go through an entire Trigonometry chapter in a single day before your exams. This would help you relax and score higher grades. So, only set targets that you know you can reach.
- Review: Studying continuously can rob you of your memory and sometimes, your concentration as well. Let me share a tip: every fifteen minutes, recapitulate what you have studied so far. You can write down the interpretation of a speech in a Shakespearean play you’ve been trying to learn by heart, without referring to your notes. And then, resume your lessons once more. Another good idea is to summarize your topics once you are done with your lessons for the day.
- Discuss your subject: Find somebody who is clueless about the subject you are studying and discuss any topic associated with it. You must pretend as if you are teaching your favorite subject to your student. If you are unable to find any such person, I would advise you to practice explaining your topic to your pet, or to your own reflection in the mirror! This helps identify the loopholes in your understanding of topics and also helps you memorize important facts.
- Practice solving old test papers: How often has your teacher asked you to practice solving the last 10 years’ question papers? Outstanding students always do so, and keep a watch handy just to get a realistic feel of completing an exam. When you are solving these questions, chances are that you would come across certain questions that might appear challenging to you. Clarify all your queries with your teacher so that you’re fully ready for your exams.
- Take a break: If it has been over an hour since the time you have been studying, why not consider taking a short break? Make yourself a cup of coffee or go out for a brisk walk. Breaking the monotony is important for retaining the information you are absorbing in your brain. You must have discovered that when you are exhausted, your brain simply refuses to register, analyze and interpret any information received. Once you return from a quick break, you would find that your brain is more receptive.
Prepare for your exams in such a manner that it guarantees you success, and revise as much as you can. I agree that it turns out to be slightly dull, especially when your brain is filled up to the brim with formulae, definitions and other information. However, in the end, it works wonders for your scores. Wishing you all the very best for your next exam, friends!
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