TOWARDS ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN EXAMS
has his own way of studying to achieve success in exams.
Some like studying in the early morning, some like to
do late nights, some like studying all through the year
while some believe that last minute study is effective.
Whatever your method is it is always better to be thoroughly
prepared for your exams and there should not be a last
minute rush. Today we are presenting before you some
steps of effective study and it is our belief that you
will benefit a lot from it.
Read through all the materials and all the chapters,
including class notes, text chapters and any handouts
the professor has distributed. Read carefully, paying
special attention to any underlined sections you may
have marked. Do not leave any chapter because probably
the question carrying the maximum marks may come from
Evaluate the test questions of previous years and the
question paper sets. Mark and write down the most repeated
questions and the marks they contain. This will give
you a general idea of the most important areas that
you have to cover. This will also help you come to know
the mind frame of the paper setter and will help you
give importance to some chapters which requires more
consideration rather wasting time on unnecessary topics.
But that doesn't mean that you can leave other topics.
Try to cover the most chapters as far as possible.
Now that you have the materials in front of you start
preparing your own notes. This will be most helpful
because it will make you aware of the particular topic
and if the notes are made by you, you will always remember
it and memorizing it will not be a problem. Generate
questions to focus studying. Write down their answers.
Exam questions don't just ask you to recite back information
you have learned. They often ask you to think about
that topic in several ways and you have to be prepared
for all possible questions in all possible forms.
The next step is reciting and recalling. This is the
most important part of studying. You want to memorize
as much relevant information as you can. Then close
the book or cover your notes and summarize the main
points. Practice recalling important concepts and definitions.
Keep doing this everyday so that you don't forget what
you have read. At the end of the day sit in your room,
close your eyes and then try to summarize what you have
studied the whole day.
The last step is going back and reviewing all the materials
again, all the topics and all-important sections. This
helps to fix the information in your long-term memory.
Now, you should be able to answer all the questions
you posed to yourself. If you can't, review again. Make
sure you understand the concepts, don't just memorize
names and details. Try to understand the logic behind
it and I am sure you will not face any difficulties
Apart form these important steps
here are a few general tips that will help you in your
Get all relevant info
Get all the information you can about the test before
you study. Be it your class tests or competitive test
or any other tests you are planning to appear in. You
should also know how specific the test would be. Thus
be prepared and know what to expect.
It's a good idea to review your class notes right after
you've written them and then again, just before the
next class. Make sure you understand the concepts you've
illustrated. This way you will be ready with the topic
and if you have any difficulty you can approach the
professor right on.
Start studying for the exam early. Don't do that last
minute study because then you are bound to miss out
on many topics and though you might pass but you will
not be able to secure the percentage that will be helpful
in getting admission for higher studies in reputated
colleges. If you have a large amount of material to
cover, try dividing it into smaller chunks and start
studying the most difficult sections first. Go over
that material just before the test, so it's fresh in
your mind. To fix it in your memory, practice recalling
the information aloud or try explaining it to someone
else or discuss the topic with your friends.
Take proper rest
Generally, it's not advisable to stay up all night.
Learning diminishes with fatigue and you'll think more
clearly if you're rested properly. If you do stay up
late, give yourself frequent breaks to keep your mind
alert. Study but don't kill yourself.
Don't exert yourself too much. Just relax and keep your
cool. Excessive anxiety will reduce your ability to
think clearly. Get to your class early and use those
minutes to unwind. Chances are, if you have given yourself
adequate preparation, you'll feel better about the test
before you take it.