steps to exam preparation

Steps to Exam Preparations

In Singapore, our academic structure requires students to take 6-9 subjects. The exam period is very stressful for both students and parents. Wanting to ace the exam is the goal of every student but being able to build up the momentum during exam preparations is one of the most crucial steps prior to going into the exam hall. We have identified 3 crucial yet easily forgettable steps that students may forget during exam preparation. Sometimes we just need to be reminded about the important stuffs!

Learn, Learn, Learn

Instead of solely relying on yourself, know that you will always have a fountain of resources around you. Discuss with your teachers, tutors or friends when in doubt instead of keeping mum about it. Often what is taught in the textbook can be dull and many students find it hard to memorise. Associate textbook contents with actual knowledge which can help to keep studying interesting and learn to be able to associate studies with practical matters. For example-

Pick up one some quirky content
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By incorporating in “fun” aspects to potentially uninteresting content, it helps the brain to link “fun” with studies as well. This makes us feel more motivated and our brain will be able to absorb the information easier. Upon reaching secondary school level, most students will gain access to phones. It is a given fact that social media has fully incorporated itself into our lives and we usually can’t escape the use of it in our daily lives. Catch up with accounts which provide educational information through social media posts. As you scroll through your Instagram/Facebook, you will get to pick up some of these pieces of information!

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Remember, Your Confidence!

It won’t help if you walk into the exam hall feeling nervous and jittery, totally insecure about what you have studied. If so, You have already lost half the battle. Having confidence in what you have studied as well as in yourself is crucial. Rather than associate yourself with negative emotions which may cause detrimental consequences. Instead, build up your confidence through practising or different difficulty levels to ensure that you have tried all of it.

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The more you practice, the better your understanding and the easier it gets for you to answer questions. You would naturally feel more assured as you progressively get more correct answers during practice time and that helps to boost confidence. Also, from the practices, it helps to identify the possible trends and get the knack of solving the question.

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” — Marcus Garvey

Be responsible for your own exam preparations

To gear up for the exam day, students should be mentally and physically prepare themselves. Make sure to have enough sleep/rest, eat on time and drink plenty of water to keep your body and mind in peak condition. Each of these reminders affects how focused your mind is when it comes down to studying for the exam. Once you have this down, tackle the academic side.

An adequate amount of time should be invested in studying. Attempt practice questions, double check that you are revising the right topics and look at the common words or tips given by your teachers/tutors. Check through your school diary or scraps of papers that may have been left between the pages of your textbooks which may consist of exam hints that your teachers have previously mentioned.

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard and succeed on purpose.” — G.K. Nelson

And lastly, always remember to avoid cramming for exams last minute (aka last 48 hours to the exam). Give yourself ample time to read through – practice – and read through again. By starting late, you are shortchanging yourself and the one on the losing end will only be yourself. Worth it? – We don’t think so.

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