Disclaimer: This is a contributed article.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student or are under employment, the thought of taking an exam can be the most frightening part of your education. Unlike coursework and other aspects of education, your potential success or failure all boils down to one moment. Naturally, then, this is likely to put you on the edge. However, don’t let nerves destroy your hope of greatness.
Exams are not simply about your knowledge about a subject. To unlock your true potential, you must also learn to win the war in those high pressure situations. Here’s how:
1. Prepare For the Exams
While becoming an expert in the subject matter is crucial, you must also consider the exam environment. If possible, you should source for past year papers and do mock tests. Replicate everything from carrying an equipped pencil case and a bottle of water. This is a great way to truly see if you’re ready for the real thing.
Failure to prepare is a preparation to fail, and those sentiments should extend to this aspect of the task ahead. Although some tutors may arrange mock exams, you cannot rely on them. Take matters into your own hands, and you’ll no longer feel overawed by the situation.
2. Make Revision Easier
One of the most common mistakes related to exam prep revolves around reading the text over and over again. Most people will only retain a certain level of information using this method because it is both boring and passive. Visio training allows you to become a master of creating graphics and diagrams. The visual aids are proven to be pivotal in your bid to retain information. Meanwhile, aural and kinaesthetic learners may wish to embrace those methods into their revision too. Either way, interacting in an active way can only have a positive impact.
3. Find Motivation
Nobody enjoys exams per se, but we can all appreciate the fact that they open new doors. If you’re struggling to find motivation for the exam itself, just try to focus on what comes after your studies. This should keep you on the right track throughout your preparations.
On a separate note, you can try to merge preparation for this exam with learning about things that you actively feel passionate about. After all, the modules all link together in some shape or form. Even when working on items that you won’t carry on past your education, it can aid your development in the areas where you wish to build a successful career.
4. Enjoy Life
Dedication is a vital aspect of exam preparations, but there’s a fine line between being focused and letting it rule your world. If you’ve seen the Inbetweeners episode where Will blows his exam due to overdoing it, use this as your motivation to maintain a work-life balance. Without it, there’s a good chance that you’ll be left overwhelmed and drained of any enthusiasm.
Besides, feeling fresh and in a positive frame of mind is crucial as you enter the exam room. If nothing else, appreciating other things going in your life helps remove some of the pressure. From personal experience, this is one of the most important successes of all.
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