Most of us are nervous before attending an exam. It could be because you are not prepared properly or because the result is important for your career. But then there are the ones among us that experience real exam stress and fear. No matter if you want to improve the way you are preparing for an exam or if you want to fight exam stress, the following tips might give you a hand. Success in any exam not only depends on how a candidate has done preparation for any particular exam but also depends much on the atmosphere in the examination hall.
START THE CLOCK RUNNING
The clock runs from the second you commit yourself to pass a set of exams. So start to measure off the most important resource you have time. Set the timing of the exam in your mind and make it part of your day. In your diary, start from two weeks before the exam date and count backwards to the day. In your private place of study, put up a clean sheet of paper listing the countdown.
SET YOURSELF PARALLEL TARGETS
Once, maybe twice a month in the period leading up to the exams, set yourself physical targets and save them even if the pressure is on. It is true sport is one of the best ways to relax, but most competitive sport measures you against your opponent. Pure competition which is what exams are about measures your ability against fixed standards. Therefore consider setting yourself physical targets as well as studying targets.
You should create the exact environment for helping the student throughout, keeping them ready for the exams with the help of organizing various events within the institute premises only like quiz program , speaking caliber on different topics and many more motivational activities from time to time. This is all just to help the students handle the exam pressure and stress. Such activities always help candidates to have in-depth knowledge of various subjects and daily happenings in and around the society & world.
GOLDEN METHODS OF DOING REVISION BASED ON THE METHODOLOGY OF X-STUDENTS
There are a number of ways to revise. Of course, you should decide yourself which method suits you the best. Here are some suggestions:
- Taking existing notes and writing them up again in shorter note-lets: The advantage is that by writing shorter notes you tend to concentrate on key issues and remember the subjects better.
- Highlighting key details in manuals and textbooks: This can reduce what you really need to read again by up to 70%. If you use this method use it miserly highlight only key phrases or words, not whole sentences reducing the text to brief notes.
- Dictating notes using mobile phone or iPod Aps (applications) playing them back on headphones on the bus and train or by media connectors in the car: its useful here to picture yourself and the text book as you were dictating the notes. I have even been known to listen to myself and read the text in front of me at the same time for really complicated subjects. This method is lately suggested after India is advanced in the field of communication skills.
- Making up briefing cards pick out keywords and underlining subject headings: Do not depend solely upon your own tutors for revision material. Get copies of other tutor’s manuals and revision notes. Buy some ‘expensive’ subject books or otherwise utilize the Library facility at your school and update yourself accordingly. It is not always new information which helps equally important are new perspectives.
GOLDEN RULES DURING THE EXAM ITSELF SUGGESTED BY PROFESSIONALS
- Reach the examination hall at least one hour before the scheduled timing.
- Always participate in the unit test & chapter wise test conducted by us from time to time as per test schedules because marks obtained in the periodic tests are also added in the final exam performance
- One day before examination don’t do too much of study, try to keep fresh & energetic.
- Try to solve those questions first which can be answered easily. Tough questions should be tried after it.
- Always give fully calculated and proportional time for each question. To spend too little time on any question mean you have misread the question, which is as bad as spending more than your allowed time on a difficult question. Less time is to be given to questions which are solved easily and comparatively more time is to be saved for the descriptive questions. In terms of difficulty keep in mind for written answers that the first 60% of marks for a question are easiest the next 30% harder
- Remember that the remaining 10% is reserved for the 2 hours spent by your tutors writing model answers so initially target for 50% to 70% on each question.
- Presentation Leave underlining to the end when all questions have been answered but take first steps by leaving a clear line under each heading, and using a new page for each question. There are two reasons for this. Most papers are split up into sections and Markers generally only check one question. Secondly the gap may let you put in extra points later on.
- By carefully watching your clock and occasionally comparing it to your wrist watch and the exam centre clock make certain you have not spent too much time on any question!
- There is no need to answer a question if you don’t know how to solve it. By doing this you can save your time on concentrating on other question which you know better than the previous one.
- Always make a point to save atleast 10 minutes after finishing all the questions so that you can again go through the total answer sheet for any discrepancies.