The exam is the anxious part of school and college days. Many experience confusion and are under stress due to exams.
The reason being a tendency to score well while there is a lack of effective preparation.
But scoring is a test of one’s ability and also a recognition in the school.
So everyone tends to be tensed and have a desire to score well during exams.
Interestingly we can notice that a few set of students always score well while other have to struggle very hard to score.
This is because they have certain qualities which others might lack. Those very qualities help them score better again and again repeatedly.
Many do not perform well during exams and repent later. This is a disappointment and useless. So here are tips on how to study for exams to score better.
How to study for exams effectively
1. Make a plan of study
This is important to prepare for the exam in a short time or over a long period.
Plan for studies includes what to study (syllabus to cover), when to study ( time table), and also how to study (means used)
Below are the means to study while other aspects have to be decided by you based on your requirements.
Know the syllabus to cover from your exam brochure, decide on proper books from your teacher or seniors.
Fix a time schedule based on your speed of study and also knowledge of the subjects under study.
So the plan should be like
♠ syllabus to cover. Know all the chapters to cover from each subject.
♠ Books to study from. decide what books will help you cover the above-mentioned syllabus.
♠ Time schedule to complete. Plan the best time to read the chapters, revise them, and also have a sufficient time span as you may have some hindrances in between the period of study.
2. Understand and study
This is a mistake some students can make as they assume that study is to mug up books and write out in the exams.
This is wrong two ways as it will not enhance your brain skills.
Secondly, if the question is asked in a different manner, it cannot be answerable leading to low scores.
This problem of lack of understanding is seen in mathematics and science subjects.
One can overcome this by understanding the subjects they study.
Once you understand a subject, it becomes easier for you to answer in the exam.
It also builds confidence and helps you learn and write better in the exam.
The ones who score well are those who understand and study in most cases.
Revision is the key to preparation for exams.
If one covers a lot of syllabi, without proper revision, it would be hard to remember the whole of it.
Hence, it is good to read a little, revise the topics and then read the next topics.
If you do not revise, you may forget or get confused and make more mistakes.
The plan of preparation should definitely include some time for revision.
Whether you prepare for the exam in a short time, like in a week or two, still fix some time for revision.
Revision increases confidence and helps avoid any confusion, and improves your understanding of the syllabus.
4. Practice diagrams
Diagrams are an important part of an answer in subjects like science and mathematics.
They communicate more information than mere writing.
A neatly drawn and labeled diagram gains more marks for an answer than one without any diagrams.
Practice diagram to increase your chances of scoring.
5. Practice formulas
Formulas help to solve the problems of physics, chemistry, and mathematics faster.
If you do not remember the formulas, you make mistakes, and the whole answer can go wrong due to it.
So practicing formulas helps you remember well and avoid unnecessary mistakes.
6. Practice problems
In mathematics and science subjects like physics and chemistry, there are many problems to solve.
Practicing them helps you solve them correctly in the exam.
Further practicing helps save time in answering the questions.
7. Refer to the previous question paper
Going through previous years’ question papers for an idea is essential.
It helps you know how the question paper pattern is going to be.
Which set of questions need to be answered first, and any other relevant issues arise.
So it is always a good idea to refer to the previous years’ question paper.
Study notes and refer to textbooks.
Many students have notebooks taken from a class lecture.
While there are also some standard textbooks for reference, it is best to study both notebooks and texts for the purpose of scoring. It helps you to know how to manage time in the exam hall.
8. Make a team
This is quite important but may not be possible for all.
Try to have a team of like-minded people aiming to score well in the exams.
Having a team of learners will help you focus and complete the syllabus.
It also helps make combined efforts in learning, gathering books, making pictures, table charts, etc., for study.
Further group discussions can be taken up for better coverage of the syllabus.
9. Time for travel before the exam
Many tend to read books while on the bus for exams.
Though this is not bad, it is also essential to know what we read.
Try to revise instead of reading something new.
Also, try to revise pinpoint answers like what is, which is, how it is, etc.