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This Tom and Jerry relationship that we students have with exams is often a difficult line to toe. As exam season approaches, we want to provide some assistance to those who have absolutely no idea how they are going to pass this one.
1. Let’s Get Down to Business
With no time to spare, you’ve got to get started and soon! Get up early and start. Practise getting up at the crack of dawn (9 or 10 in the morning) and lay out all your study materials and get to work! Use the reading/study week provided with discernment!
2. Which Subjects to Study For?
Knowing that time is of the essence, be smart and check the subjects and modules that will definitely be covered in the exams. That way, you won’t have to struggle trying to cram everything you’ve ever learned in the past academic year into your head and waste precious, precious time.
3. Sort Yourself Out
It’s easier to tackle your studies when you break it down into several parts. Now that you know what subjects to study, set up a simple timetable (refer to the examination timetable!) and keep to it. Set realistic, time-specific goals that you can achieve day by day so that you will be well prepared on the day of the exam.
4. Structure Your Information
Instead of just absorbing every single fact, try forming associations by structuring your information as you study. Your brain will find it easier to retain information in an ordered manner and it will also help you when planning the sequence of segments in your essays during the examination.
5. The Sweet Spot
It’s important to make sure you’re in a conducive environment when you’re putting your head to the grind. Seat yourself comfortably at a desk with your materials laid out within easy reach. Don’t place yourself in a noisy, distracting place nor drift to your warm bed thinking that there’s no way you’re gonna fall asleep. You know better than that.
6. Practise Makes Perfect
Universities often put up past year papers for the student’s benefit. Get your hands on them and practise! Questions tend to get repeated, though they may be reworded differently. It’s useful to also familiarise yourself with the structure of the paper so you won’t be so anxious at the first glimpse of your exam paper.
7. Work Hard, Yes. Play Hard, Yes
In all the commotion about exams, don’t let it take control of your life. Remember to take breaks in between study seshes. The golden ratio is a 10 minute break after 50 minutes of concentrated study. And in the evening, chill out and have a glass of wine or a chocolate brownie. Your frayed nerves will be grateful for a break. Don’t be afraid to make time for social events or hang out with your friends. Just make sure not to go too crazy, that’s reserved for after the exams.
8. Healthy Eating
…may sound really difficult to accomplish, but just hear me out here. Stock your fridge with yummy fruits and veggies that you can snack on while you’re studying. They help ward off unwanted germs and boost your immunity system, besides giving you energy! Keep away from flavoured snacks and sweet, sugary foods as they can make one feel lethargic once the sugar high wears off.
9. The More the Merrier
If you’ve not got your marbles together, talk to a colleague who has, and don’t be afraid to ask for help with any concepts/ theories that you find difficult to understand. Two brains work better than one!
10. All Those Voices
We’ve got a great tip if you’re struggling to get through those long-worded passages. Read them out in funny voices and accents. There really is no drawback to this strange technique. And even if you did not pass, you have a potential future in celebrity impersonations or a life of international crime to live!
11. La La Land
Studying is hard work, and you deserve a good night’s sleep after a long day. Try not to stay up late just to cram; those 8 hours of snoozing are crucial for good memory and attention!