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How to Prepare for Examination – 20 Study Tips

Want to succeed in exams ? Follow these twenty study tips :


Allow Sufficient time to study


Start preparing for the exam from start of your session or semester . Set up a timetable and follow your timetable rigorously . This is your best time management tip . Studying throughout the year / semester will help you to avoid last minute study pressures .


Create an attractive study environment


Keep your study space tidy and clutter free . Ensure you have enough space to keep your books , notebooks and study notes . Ensure you have ambient light to study and make your study chair comfortable . Get rid of all the distractions . Maintain complete silence in your space of study .


Make points when you read a paragraph


At the time of studying when you read a paragraph about a topic , note the gyst in points about the paragraph . This helps us to understand quickly .


Use of visual aids


Visual aids like flowcharts and diagrams are helpful when studying and revising . At first memorize all the points about the topic . Draw a flowchart or diagram about the whole topic depicting the full process . This helps us to memorize the topic quickly . When you do this it helps to recall everything you need to know during the exam .


Work out old exam papers and sample exam papers


Solve every previous years question papers . This tells us about the pattern and type of question . When you come closer to your exam solve sample question papers available in the market in allotted time . It will increase your efficiency and confidence for the exam .


Arrange group study with friends


You can arrange group study with your friends . There are some topics in the subject your friends know better . This mutual interaction can be very much helpful to you for preparation.


Avoid continuous long hours of study


Continuously studying for long hours is stressful and non-productive . Regular breaks will give rest to your brain and will help in long term retention of knowledge .


Avoid late night study


Go to bed early and rise early . Start study in early morning as brain will be fresh after night sleep and help in memorizing the reading .


Follow healthy food habit throughout        


Eat nutritious and healthy food which will give physical and mental well being . It will give energy to your body and help to overcome the stress of study . It will increase concentration of mind and memory for retention of knowledge . You should avoid junk food which will have adverse effect on your health . You should meticulously follow the same during exam days and take meals in time to keep your health perfect .


Do regular exercise


Regular exercise like cycling , walking or jogging facilitates more blood flow in brain helping in encoding and storage of information that can be retrieved when required . It will also result in a sensation of pleasure and good mood so that it will be easier to concentrate and remember .


Plan your exam day properly


Visit your exam hall at least once before the exam day . Check the routes to the exam hall and plan the transport properly . Check all the rules and regulations before exam . Always try to reach exam hall at least one hour before start of exam . Check your pens , pencils , geometry box and specially admit card properly .


Sleep early the day before the exam


Do not study late at night the day before the exam . The brain is most active when you sleep . It reorganizes in top priority what you study just before you go to bed . If you study for long at night without sleep the information does not get encoded , an exhausted mind cannot recall fast and the effect concentration of mind and memory . Sleep is essential to retain what you study .


Take a walk before the exam


Taking a 20-minute walk before an exam can boost your cognitive performance by up to 10 percent .


Revise before bedtime


You should revise the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test . That makes it easier to recall the stuff later . (Source : The Telegraph You)


Do not do revision on exam day morning


Do not do revision on the morning of exam day . It may be counterproductive .


Learn by chunking


Chunking helps us to learn complex topics quickly . Divide the topic into small chunks . Then learn each chunk separately . This saves a lot of time . (Source : The Telegraph You)


Keywords for flashcards


Flashcards are one of the most common tools that are used throughout the ages . It is a tried and tested method . You can use paper index card or a digital version like quizlet to learn new material . (Source : The Telegraph You)


Have positive mentality


Have a positive mentality while preparing for the exam and during the exam .


Do not worry about result


Some students are so much worried about the result that they become anxious . Remember , this exam is not everything in life . There is always a second chance .


Keep your cool and do not panic


It may happen that you are not able to study the full syllabus and question comes from that part . Do not panic , answer the questions you know best first , unless otherwise stated . If you panic you may give wrong answer to a question you know .