Effective ways to prepare for an examinations.


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Preparing for examinations can be a challenging, but when you have the right attitudes and strategies, you can increase your chances of success. As a student preparing for an examination require effective planning and execution. Here are some of the things to do when preparing for an examination.

The first thing to do in you preparation for an examination is to understand the exam format. Understanding the examination format is very important to know the type of question thus; multiple-choice or essay, the time limit for the exam and how the exam will be marked. These inform the you on how to learn and what to learn and some times it guides you on the topics to study for the exams.

Most students fail exam because the don’t have a study plan (timetable) that guides them but they only learn what they feel like learning anytime. Students also don’t have any goal nor objectives for their studies. Some students also feel lazy to study or even sleep off while studying because they over burden themselves with so many task at a time. For you to overcome all this as a student yo need to;

  • Develop a study plan or schedule that includes dedicated time for each subject.
  • Set realistic goals and allocate sufficient time for studying and revision.
  • Breaking down your study sessions into smaller, manageable chunks will help you stay organized and focused.

Most students tend to forget what they thought they have learnt during examination because they they use passive reading instead of active reading.  Instead of passively reading the material, engage in active learning techniques such as summarizing key points, creating flashcards, teaching the concepts to someone else, or solving practice problems. Active learning helps improve retention and understanding.

Some students contributes well during teaching periods but don’t do well when it comes to exams. Some students even find it difficult to finish within the time limit of the exam. The reason been that, these students learn without practicing past papers of the exam they are about to write. When you are preparing for an exam, Obtain past exam papers or sample questions relevant to your exam. Practice answering them within the given time limit.  This will familiarize you with the exam pattern, improve your time management, and highlight areas where you need to focus more.

Begin your preparation well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Create a study schedule that covers all the topics you need to review, allowing for sufficient time for each subject.

If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to seek clarification from your teachers, classmates, or online resources. Understanding the concepts thoroughly will enhance your ability to tackle exam questions.

Find a quiet and comfortable study space where you can concentrate without distractions. Minimize interruptions from electronic devices, social media, or other temptations that may hinder your productivity.

Collaborating with peers can be beneficial for discussing concepts, exchanging ideas, and clarifying doubts. Join study groups or find a study partner with whom you can review material, explain concepts to each other, and hold discussions.

Take note: Everyone has their own study methods, so adapt these strategies to suit your learning style. 

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