Exam fear is the most common phenomenon amongst students these days. If we think about how such a fear comes along in the minds of children, we get a simple answer. There is not enough preparation. Although we might negate this, this is actually a fact. It is improper to burden yourself with a whole lot of syllabus at one time.
Let’s understand with the help of an example. Why do we eat in bits and pieces? Why don’t we fill our mouth with the whole meal at once? The answer is quite obvious. Our mouth can hold only a certain amount of food at a time. It cannot take the whole meal at once. Similarly our brain can hold large information but it can take only little at a time. Cramming one night before the exams will be of no help. Hours of study along with research will only help in scoring good marks. Hence, it’s important to have a regular study programme which helps in registering small amounts of data into the brain in a long period of time. This way one can easily remember anything learnt a while back without much efforts. And during exams also it saves your time as you quickly remember the answers.
Following a regular study schedule is the key to crack your exams. Apart from that, there are certain things about which you should take care. Let’s consider some points which you need to think upon:
1. Assess yourself first. Analyse in which subjects you have a strong hold and in which subjects you are weak. Start with those subjects about which you are not very much confident. Start early or you may run out of time to finish with other subjects.
2. Decide whether you need to refer to any additional books to gain an extra edge over others and to excel in your exams. Consult your teacher for good authors so that you buy the right book that will enhance your knowledge.
3. Make separate notes from your textbook. There may be certain important topics or examples that you may skip if you don’t go through the textbook thoroughly. So involve yourself in finding facts which have not been discussed in class.
4. For theoretical subjects, make use of highlighter pens or underline with a pencil all those points or statements that you feel are important. This helps you to browse well during your exams when you don’t have enough time to study the whole book.
5. Make a list of important formulas and equations. During exams you can quickly revise them and recall whatever you have studied in the past months.
6. Refer past year question papers and observe the trend. It may help sometimes as you can easily make out which chapters are important. Also solve some test papers well before your exams so that you can maintain the time required to solve each type of question. This also increases your speed of solving questions which helps you to finish your paper in time during the exams.
These tips would help you improve your study skills so that you can obtain maximum marks in your exams and come out with flying colours.