How To Study Before An Exam

Exams are an integral part of a student’s life. When you study the right way, expect good grades. This article offers a detailed perspective on how to study for exams.

In a student’s life examinations cannot be avoided. Every time an examination is round the corner, students get a little nervous. You don’t have to worry about nervousness during examinations. Nervousness is a natural reaction to examinations and often nerves during exams help concentrate better with different aspects of study. This phenomenon may also be termed as examination fever or ‘exam anxiety disorder’. The nervousness that comes about as an exam approaches has more of a positive impact on students than negative. When students get nervous in regard with a difficult subject, topic, or paper the tendency is to put

in a bigger effort while studying.

Before an exam- What goes on in a student’s mind

A lot goes through a student’s mind weeks before an exam. Will I score high marks? Will the questions in the test be easy? Am I prepared for the exam? These are questions that fathom the mind. Not many students sleep well before an exam. Furthermore, many students push themselves to the limit when it comes to studying. Students have to realize sleep is important. Do not sacrifice sleep for studies. Studies are important before an exam but you have also got to realize you body and mind needs to be at rest at least for 6 hours. Make sure you get at least 6 hours of sleep if not more.

The lines below provide a detailed explanation on how to study for exams.

Understanding and grasping what’s being explained

Many students put in a ‘last minute’ effort when it comes to studies. Day-to-day learning and studying is important if you want good grades. Make sure you understand what is being taught by a teacher or professor. If you haven’t understood something that has been taught do not feel shy to ask your teachers to explain again. Teachers are there to help and every teacher will be willing to explain a concept you haven’t understood. When you understand what is being taught, learning and studying for an examination becomes easy. Students that do not understand or do not pay attention when a teacher or professor is explaining mug up notes before an exam, and mugging up notes and books is not the right way to study.

Making notes while a teacher or professor explains

When you grasp what has been explained by teachers, you are able to revise the right way. Revision is reading and understanding what’s read in a precise manner. Studying and learning is made easy before an exam when you have understood clearly what had been explained by teachers. A wise thing to do is take notes as a teacher explains a particular topic. Make notes in the best way that you are able to understand. After all, you are your best judge, and you know what points are important and need to be revised.

Daily Reading for better Revision

Daily reading ensures revision is a breeze before an exam. When a lesson or topic is explained by a teacher or professor, it’s a wise move to come home and read the notes taken. When you go home and read the notes about what has been explained, the concept remains imprinted in your mind, and when a concept is imprinted in the mind, it makes revision that much more easier. Adopt a study strategy that works best for you. It’s wise to dedicate time slots during the day in accordance with your strengths and weaknesses.

Making a time table before an exam

Make a time table and religiously follow the time table before an exam. Before an exam the best time to tackle subjects or topics that you find tough or difficult is in the morning. The mind is fresh in the morning and understanding concepts is always easy in the morning. As the day progresses, the mind has to be content with

many distractions. Environmental noise, frequent messages and phone calls by friends… these are some among the many distractions that break the study link and do not allow you to concentrate.

Avoid heavy meals when you are studying

Do not have heavy meals when you are studying before an exam. A heavy meal makes you lethargic and affects your concentration. A heavy meal makes you drowsy and when you feel bloated or drowsy; your mind cycle habituated towards learning and understanding is broken. You tend to a long break from studies when you have heavy meals. Getting back in the groove with studies is much easier after you have a light meal, foods or snacks you love to eat. A short afternoon nap helps students immensely. If you are not able to get back to studies after your lunch, it’s wise to take a short afternoon nap and start fresh. The mind feels fresh and rejuvenated after a short afternoon nap. Studying and learning becomes easy after a nap.

Know your strengths and limitations when you study

Keep in mind not everybody can keep awake for long hours studying at night. If you want to keep awake at night make sure you take an afternoon nap. Do not over exert your body and mind just before exams. You are the best person to know your strengths and limitations, and its best you devise study schedules in accordance with your strengths and limitations. Some students get tense when they study for an exam. A good way to get rid of tension is by breaking monotony. Take a little break from studies and watch a funny video or play your favorite game. You will be surprised by how a little break helps get rid of that tense feeling.

Keep your body hydrated

Make sure you drink sufficient water as you study for an exam. The body tends to get dehydrated a lot more when you spend long hours studying. Small sips of water ensure you remain hydrated while studying. You can also have fruits and fresh fruit juices. Avoid carbonated drinks when you are studying. Carbonated drinks especially colas have the ability to alter mind cycles because of caffeine present in them. Consuming water, fresh juices and fruits are the best way to keep the body hydrated.

Associating mind maps with studying

The best way to remember things or memorize while studying is associating with pictures and colors. When you are studying a complex topic or subject it’s a wise move to mind map important parts in a topic. Mind mapping can be done by associating pictures or visual in the mind with what you read. When you allocate different visuals, pictures or colors in accordance with a topic or subject, you remember what you have read and are able to grasp better. This technique is useful when you have to remember lengthy topics word-for-word. When you have to remember lengthy content, the best way to study is by breaking the content in paragraphs and associating visuals, pictures or colors for each paragraph in accordance with relevance and ease of understanding.

Hope the aforementioned tips help you study better for your exams. Wish you the best.

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  • nbillett  13-12-2016
    Everyone has a different study style. For me I have music or some form of video playing when I am studying. Complete silence does not work for. Also, diagrams are my friend. anything that needs explaining and a diagram can be used, I use it.
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  • goldstay  10-12-2016
    The most dangerous thing to happened during the exams is when you suffer mental block. It's a good thing you provided some tips to further prevent the occurrence of this. Thank you for sharing
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