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Beads of cold sweat dripping down your blowdried fringe is not good. There is nothing left tochew at the tips of your fingers and your tummyflip-flops as if you have just met Michael Jackson.Your mind begins to look like a brand new bigscreen, totally blank! This is it! The final momenthas arrived. The difference between make-or-break is what you have put in. What you put in is whatyou get out.You think about everyone routing for you. Family,friends, neighbours, the shopkeeper, aunty Lamawho sells the koeksusters on a Sunday, they wereall in matric and school with you this year.It wasn't easy you know, all the stress and hardwork. Just ask Boeta Shamiel who cut and paintedthe bundle of dole sticks for your Science project.You were both equally proud of the B+ you scored.Does this humungous load of expectation add toyour already back breaking burden? Do you fearletting them down? What about the anxiety allmatriculants feel about their names not appearingin the newspaper? What if you don't make it?Horror upon horror, what if they leave your nameout by mistake? Arhhhhh!People, Energy pills and drinks is not the answer!Sour worms won't help either!Blood, sweat and tears, hard work, hard work andmore hard work is your only salvation. If you wereone of those who missed all the family functionsand made all the sacrifices you or chose to partyinstead.But hey guys, all is not lost. The following advicemight still help you survive.
Step one: PLAN
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.Check you exam time table and plan your studytime table accordingly. Allocate more time to thedifficult subjects or those you might be strugglingwith. Allow for breaks or relaxation time. Coffeegrowers do not need you to boost their profit mar-gin in the final quarter of 2009. Keep a cool headand focus instead.
Recite the following duah before studying:
Allahumma infa'nee bimaa 'allamta-nee wa'allimnii maa yanfa 'unee. Allahumma innee asaluka fahman-nabiy yeen wa ghifthal mursaleennal-muqarrabeen. Allahummaj-'al li saa-nee a-mir-an bi thikrika wa qalbee bi-ghash ya-tika. Innaka 'alaa ma-tahaa un qadeer wa anta ghasbunaa wa na'mal wakeel
O Allah! Make useful for me what You taught meand teach me knowledge that will be useful to me.O Allah! I ask You for the understanding of the prophets and the memory of the messenger, and those nearest to You. O Allah! Make my tongue full of Your remembrance, and my heart with con-sciousness of You. (O Allah!) You do whatever Youwish, and You are my Availer and Protector and the best of aid.
Step two: GETHELP
Arrange for extra tuition if you need it or work outstudy sessions with buddies who would be of ben-efit. It is too late to book a physics session withNASAbut there are excellent tutors you could helpyou through some final areas of concern.
Step three: FOCUS, MEMORIZE
Make notes as you study. These images will beimprinted in your swelling brain. Focus.Make mind maps where the main ideas are high-lighted. Focus. Charles Dickens died a long timeago so do not try to revive him. The key to thismethod is to be brief and to the point for it towork.Memory games are the way to go. Memorize bymaking sentences of the first letters (acronyms).Memorize by making associations or drawings.Again, focus.And to think you laughed when your first teacherstaught you to rub your earlobes with the oppositehands by crossing your arms. I guess it neveroccurred to you that if you crossed your midlineyou would stimulate both sides of the brain. If youdid you would not have such a one track mindtoday.
Step 4: REVISE
Revise, revise, revise! Do not cram the nightbefore or you might feel like a bottle of All Goldtomato sauce. They cram thirty sicsh tomatoes intoa bottle, remember?The night before the exam is for chilling.Eat a wholesome meal and have healthy snacks anddrinks. This does not include Energy drinks andOkkah.Your biggest mistake would be to try to study until3 in the morning and still hope to feel as fresh as adaisy at 9am when you have to start writing.Make sure that you start each day with a healthybreakfast so that hunger pangs do not slow downyour already strained, drained brain.Finally pray. Pray as you havenever prayed before. Stay clamand stay focused. You can do it!Now wipe away that cold sweatas you take your seat and breathein and out slowly, making surethat you are taking in all the pos-itive energy around you. Clearyour mind and save your fringe.
Read all the questions before you choose the onesyou will answer. Read the full question thoroughlybefore you answer. Read it again. Now spew outthat mother load of information stored in yourbeautiful brain.If you come across a difficult question skip it andreturn to it later. Do not fret!Watch your time. Last one done is not a rotten egg.It might very well be the first one done is the rot-ten egg in this case!Grown ups generally speak fondly of their schooldays. Many often wish they could have it back. Weall know that is as impossible as Bush winning aNobel Peace prize.Enjoy every moment of it. Once it is gone you cannever get it back.You will only move on to bigger and more seriousthings in life. Don't be fooled though, you willmiss it. You will almost miss it as much as Jenmisses Brad. Good luck!
Duah before writing the exams:
Allahumma innee qad is tow da'tukka maa 'allamta nee hi Fa rudda hu ilay ya 'inda ghaaja tee ilay-hi wa laa tun si nee hi Yaa rabbal 'aala meen.O Allah I left as a trust with You that which, Youtaught me (memorized when studying), So pleasereturn it to me when I need it, and do not let mecause to forget it. O Lord of the world.
To realize the value of…
1 year, ask a student who has failed a grade.1 month, ask a mom who has given birth to a pre-mature baby.1 week, ask the editor of a weekly paper.1 day, ask a daily labourer with a family to feed.1 hour, as a couple waiting to meet.1 minute, ask a person who has just missed thetrain.1 second, ask a person who has avoided an acci-dent.1 milli-second, ask a person who has won a silvermedal in the Olympics.
Good Luck and we making duah foryoursuc-cess, but you need to help us!
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