Examinations and Tests are mostly taken in order to ascertain a student’s performance in school. Examinations and Tests also go a long way in determining if a student is to be promoted or demoted and it mostly define if a student is serious or not.
Exams play an important role in the academic life of any student and the effort made towards it can make or mar a student’s career pursuit.
As a student who wants to excel academically, you should consider taking keen interest in the right ways you can prepare fully for exams.
You might have gotten the wrong teaching that “exams need no preparation” and that you can always pass by luck. Well, I want to tell you that a student who is more prepared for exam is better off than the one who never made any preparations.
1. Be Ready Before Time
A student who wants to make excellent marks in exam should not wait until the very last minute before they are ready.
Some students feel that reading before exams is a burden to them and so they tend to leave the reading on the day of exam. This kind of approach towards exam isn’t the best way at all.
There are many ways you can be ready. Among them are planning and following your time-table; getting ready all the necessities needed for the exam like textbook, work-books, pencil, pen etc; and so many other ways.
2. Avoid Distraction
When preparing for exams, it’s important that all forms of distractions should be avoided. The distraction could come from your families, your friends at school, electronic gadgets at home like TV etc. Avoid them all.
Locate a quiet place where you read and understand. During the period before your exams, you have to be very careful as not to pick a fight with someone, which might probably result to severe injury thereby compelling you not to focus on the exam ahead.
Avoid distraction from lazy friends that depends on luck; avoid distraction from your phones and the social media as well. Avoid anything that will have much effect on your thoughts.
By so doing, you can be prepared for any exams.
3. Work On Past Questions and Answers
Today, most examinations that are set for students are taken from previous year exams. Working on past questions is an effective way to prepare for any kind of examination. Working on past questions and answer also makes you to understand the style and format of the questions and it also provide the correct approach to every of the questions.
When practicing on past questions, make sure to work with the allotted time set. Doing this will make you prepared to answer the questions within the time limit.
4. Join Study Groups
You can do well to form study groups with some students or better still join with some groups of dedicated students who are serious.
During this time of your reading together, you might have questions to ask, ask the group and there is every tendency that you will get a positive answer.
Joining study groups can as well be a challenge to you, because you might meet with people who are more intelligent than you are. And you have to pick this challenge to study real harder.
5. Avoid Multi-tasking Your Brain
Take your reading step by step. Don’t go bringing out books that are not related and reading them all together. In doing so, you would be stressing the brain and giving it a hard time to focus on one.
Avoid your phones, gadgets and every other thing that might get your brain working on them.
6. Take Enough Sleep
During every sleeping hour, your brain gets to absorb all that you’ve read. Having a good sleep also refreshes your brain and also prepares your memory to recall all that you’ve read during the examination.
Also, don’t go dehydrated, drink plenty of water, and keep fit both physically and emotionally.
Going for an examination or test needs a lot of your preparations and the level of your preparations can determine how well you can do in the exams.
I believe these steps are of great importance before preparing for any test examinations.