Examinations play a very important role in certification been that it is the only form of assessment that really shows how well you are equipped to take on a certain task.
No matter the discipline or nature of the examination, studying hard will be a sure way of getting things in the right direction however, studying hard is not all that’s required to be fully prepared for an examination.
Here are 8 ways to prepare for an examination.
- set out enough time to study well.
The first way to ensure that you pass an examination is to be prepared. Set out enough time to study and prepare adequately for the examination. Reading timetables are a good way to ensure that you keep to your routine.
- Do not cram.
It’s been proven that learning over a period of time is more beneficial as regards long term retention, than trying to memorize under a short period. It is easier to forget and miss up terms while cramming than studying. Study in intervals(30 mins-1hr ) and take breaks (15mins-20mins).
- Make out clear illustrations of key points (use diagrams and charts where necessary).
Highlighting the key points, and marking them down is a quick way of studying during revisions. This removes the time spent on reading irrelevant information and helps you focus on potential exam questions. Visual aids (Charts and diagrams) are also ways of making it easier to study and also help in retention.
- Attempt as many past questions you can find.
This helps a lot in revisions as they give you an insight into the exam questions and format. It also help to practice how to manage the allotted time for the examination. It also helps in accessing how prepared we are for the exam at hand.
- Watch what you eat.
The fact is that what you eat can have an effect on focus and energy level. Keep your brain and body healthy by completely avoiding junk and sticking to a healthy diet. Foods that aids memory and concentration such as nuts, fish, fruits, and yogurts are more of an option. When preparing for an exam it’s not healthy to starve oneself as the brain and body requires constant nutrition to be able to function properly. Eat healthy and drink a lot of water.
- Take advantage of study groups.
Study groups help to brainstorm and also in problem solving. Exchanging ideas and solutions between members of the group can help in learning and preparing for the examination at hand. If you have areas of difficulties, seek out group members who can help put you through.
- Get enough rest.
While you prepare for an examination don’t rule out the fact that your body needs it’s required amount of sleep to function properly. Get enough sleep ( 7 hours daily) to help put you in the right frame of mind and ease the stress and tension associated with preparing for examination.
- Don’t rely on cheating.
Once you start planning to cheat, you’ve already told yourself that you are in no way prepared to pass the exam. The time spent in seeking out ways to commit examination malpractice can be channeled into studying and preparing for the exam.