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. With so much riding on the outcome, there can be a high degree of pressure to perform well. Here are some exam preparation tips to help you excel in school. Getting Started The earlier you start, the more time you will have to prepare for the exam. You don't have to wait until exam time approaches; try to set the stage from the beginning of the course by reviewing the material after each class. By starting early and studying on a regular basis, you will have a better opportunity to absorb the information and life will be a lot easier when it's time to put it all together for the exam. Make sure all of your course material is well organized so you can find and fill any gaps. If you miss any classes, get the notes from your friends right away instead of scrambling at the last minute. Proper organization will help you to get a better picture of the material that has to be covered and improve the flow of the study process. Creating a Study Plan As the exam nears, you will need to create a plan to help you study effectively and minimize stress. The first step is to figure out how much time and effort you must dedicate to studying for the exam by asking the following questions: y y y y y y y How much material do you need to cover? How difficult is the material? How much time is available? Do you have any other priorities during the study period? What is the format of the exam? How important is the exam? What is your performance target for the exam?
To prepare the study plan, map out all of the material that has to be covered and make a schedule showing what, when and how much you will study each day. If you have kept up with the course work, studying will involve revision of the material that you have already covered. If you are behind in the course, you will have to finish the readings and other uncompleted work before starting the revision (if there isn't enough time to go over everything, you must decide what is most important for the exam). Here are some tips to follow in creating your study plan: y y y y y y y y y y budget your time realistically; allocate the study time into several manageable study sessions; divide the course material into small segments and assign them to the study sessions; set clear and specific goals for the study sessions; prioritize to ensure that material weighted more heavily in the exam gets sufficient study time; take into account your familiarity with the material and the difficulty level; don't make the study sessions too long; study sessions should have enough variety in terms of topics and activities to prevent boredom and loss of effectiveness; avoid cramming before the exam; and don't forget to include regular breaks.
Studying for the Exam You are now armed with a plan and ready to start studying for the exam. Try to study in a location where you can concentrate and won't be interrupted. You can work with others or join a study group if you find it helpful, but be careful to keep it from turning into an inefficient use of your time. Some
proven study tools and techniques are listed below - people respond to different learning styles, so use what works for you. Revising with Summary Notes Make a condensed version of your readings and class notes by creating summary notes. Pinpoint the key terms and concepts and make sure that you understand them. You can identify key terms and concepts by paying attention to what has been emphasized in your classes, textbooks and course syllabus. For example, if a particular topic has taken up a lot of time in the classroom, it is more likely to be on the exam and you should have a good understanding of it. The process of making summary notes can help you to retain more information. By writing the information thoughtfully instead of just seeing it, you can develop a greater perception of the material. To take this further, activate your other senses: you can recite the summary notes aloud, and even record and listen to them. Memorizing with Flashcards Flashcards (or "index cards") are a good memorization tool. Reduce your summary notes into bullet points, keywords, lists, formulas and diagrams and place them onto a card for each topic. (Some people like to use flashcards to prepare their summary notes in the first place, while others find that it leads to information overload.) The items on the flashcards act as memory triggers. By memorizing the flashcards you can enhance your ability to recall larger bits of information referenced by the triggers. You can carry the cards with you and review them even when you have only short bursts of time available. Practicing under Exam Conditions Knowing the course material is necessary but not sufficient to guarantee success on the exam - you also need to be able to communicate the answers effectively under exam conditions. Practice using sample questions in the same format as the exam and answer them in a simulated test environment. The sample questions can be sourced from old exams and assignments, which are often similar from year to year with small changes. Even though you are only practicing, it is better to write full answers to the questions so you can work through the entire thought process. The practice session should serve as a feedback loop. Check the answers to the practice questions to diagnose your strengths and weaknesses. If you are weak in an area, go back and study it further to address any gaps. Taking Care of Yourself Don't forget to take care of yourself during the exam preparation. It is very important to be in good mental and physical condition for the exam. A small amount of stress can get you psyched, but too much mental or physical strain can be detrimental to your performance. The last thing you want to do is to sabotage your efforts by ignoring your well-being. After you finish studying, take some time to relax. Don't stay up too late if you can help it and try to get a good night's sleep. Eat before the exam to build your energy, but avoid heavy foods that can make you drowsy. Keep a positive attitude about the exam. Think of it as a way to demonstrate your knowledge and not as some imposing challenge. Go to the exam focused and relaxed - you have done the work, now it's time to reap the rewards.
How to Manage Your Time The time in university can be one of the most exciting moments in a person¶s life. It¶s when you meet many new friends, possibly including your future spouse and/or business associates, and mentors who leave a lasting impression. While the first couple of years signal many fun, carefree moments and extracurricular activities, the last two remaining years in college are the times when you¶d want to make the most of your time with friends you¶ve shared so much time with. These are also the years when major subjects and course-related projects demand much of your attention. You want to accomplish as much as you can while not taking your friends (and other people close to you) for granted or missing out on the thrill, fun and exposure that university activities offer. From all indications, some time management skills are in order. While it may seem like effective time management is easier said than done, the fact is that things can all fall into place if you commit yourself to making this happen. Before anything else, there are some things individuals need to do first, like learn how to prioritize (is it education first, extracurricular activities second, friends & hobbies last? Or is it the other way around for you?) To have direction, you can develop a short-term as well as a long-term plan and try to stick to it so that you don¶t end up draining not just money but precious time and energy. When you encounter deadlines left and right, work on the more urgent one first. When things get more complicated and you find yourself on the brink of losing your mind, take a moment to breathe and do a self-assessment for personal inventory. Ponder on questions like: ³Have I been persistent enough to see my plans through to completion?´; Have I procrastinated too much to decrease my efficiency?´; and ³Have I dissipated my energy in unimportant matters or issues that took up much of my time?´ With proper time management, you can simplify life (and the many things commanding your undivided attention) while still leaving much time for more important matters, like attending to your personal health and overall well-being. By planning your time well, you don¶t end up spreading yourself thin and sacrificing many things, including your studies. To effectively manage your time while in university, do away with the small tasks right away so you can brace for the bigger ones. In handling tough assignments, you can do it piece by piece but see it through. When review time is just around the bend and you have the urge to just meet up with friends and ³take things easy´ nudge yourself to reality and remember what you are in school for ± to learn and chart your future. It¶s your personal decision, though, so should you decide to loaf around a bit, then do so but have a firm resolve to get your act together quickly when school matters beckon. Set up proper study skills, because in doing so, you use your time more efficiently and end up doing your best in and out of school. Proper time management involves listening effectively in every class, doing proper note taking, preparing for tests, and balancing all these with a healthy social agenda plus some personal time. With patience, flexibility, awareness, determination, and a µlearn as you go¶ approach, you stand a great chance of enjoying the best years of your life in university
How to Deal with Stress Keeping crazy hours. Breaking up. Fixing a new schedule. Joining a school organization. Dealing with `terror¶ teachers. Feeling under the weather. Unruly roommates. Exams. Project deadlines« the list goes on. These are but some of the things that stress out most university students. Then again, who doesn¶t experience stress? It's the innate nature of the human mind to be restless, but there are stress management techniques to still the mind and calm the senses. As demanding place as university life can get, it can be loads of fun, too. It's all a matter of time management and maneuvering events/circumstances so that they work in your favor. Stress should not be taken lightly. It can be a good thing if it pushes you to improve and turn in your best performance; but it can also be bad if you ignore it and let it evolve into a chronic condition that can trigger illnesses like asthma, migraines, skin disorders or other serious illnesses. Some of the ways to efficiently handle what life throws at you while in university are to keep the mind relaxed but quite alert, learn to adopt to the situation and keep a positive mindset. The key to coping with stress is to identify the type or source of your stress. By pinpointing your particular stressors you can then start neutralizing them more effectively. By employing stress management techniques, you can better cope and enjoy life. Remember that life is short and you can make tremendous impact on people and events around you, so do the best that you can to address the various stressors that threaten to impede your life. If biological stressors like incessant colds, cough or flu are affecting both your studies and social life, you may need to revamp your diet and load up on foods vitamin-rich foods, supplement smartly and dispel stress (which may be exacerbating your condition) by breathing properly, doing meditative exercises, relaxing and letting go of expectations. Lack of essential multivitamins may be what¶s making you feel sluggish, irritable or somewhat scatterbrained. Additive-laden fastfood and junk foods, too much coffee and alcohol may also be hampering your health & well-being. If stress from academics is what¶s causing you to feel off-kilter, better time management may help. Know that you can be in control. Plan to break down large tasks into small manageable ones. When you find your school load or projects multiplying, pace yourself and prioritize the most important/urgent ones. As for social stressors like adjusting to a roommate, juggling a part-time job with time for special friends and school work, or finding yourself the subject of negative talks, bear in mind that you cannot please everybody. You need not aspire to reach other people¶s high standards, nor set unrealistically high ones for yourself. Have a creative outlet to vent your frustrations, like a hobby or sport that gives a cardio workout. Finding time to relax is part and parcel of good stress management. Once you¶ve recharged and taken time out for yourself, you¶d be amazed that you can get back to the tasks at hand with greater vigor and enthusiasm.
Test Taking Tips Have you ever wondered how the individuals who emerge with the highest marks in university exams do it? What are the secret strategies to handling test questions with ease and scoring high in those all-important tests? It¶s amazing how certain students hurdle all challenges, including time pressure and the trickiest questions, and pass exams with flying colors. What tactics does a smart student employ to ace tests in university? A closer look at students who achieved amazing test scores showed ample preparation for examinations, including having an organized study method in a clutter-free and distraction-free environment at home coupled with enough sleep/rest, vitamins and proper diet prior to the examination day. There¶s much logic to what every teacher says over and over again: ³don¶t cram!´ By studying just a few hours before examination day, you set yourself up for failure. Maintain composure and avoid panic & stress by doing your homework in advance. Taking time to ponder on the many different approaches to a certain issue or topic, days before exam day, may work to your advantage. It¶s the digital age, so hey! Reference materials and informational materials of all kinds are just a few clicks away. Do research on your weak spots, or on topics of which you feel you have insufficient knowledge. Know what some of the secrets of the highest placers in bar examinations are? They made sure they had organized review materials. On top of that, they strive to remain focused, avoid stress and distractions, and stay physically fit (and in so doing stay mentally alert). Students who earned the best test scores in important tests also cite confidence and determination, among other traits that contribute to high marks. A meticulous eye is likewise essential, because one has to understand and follow directions and avoid small mistakes that may jeopardize the entire test. When under time pressure, most students concentrate on answering the easier items first before turning to the tougher ones. Successful test-taking requires some guts, a little inspiration, and lots of preparation. Some examination parts, like the essay portion, require something more than well-read notes and mastery of the subject matter. Tackling an essay involves certain writing skills, like being able to put in all the correct elements of style, ferreting out the main idea and supporting this with details, and expressing ideas in coherent paragraphs. If you are not among those with a natural flair for words or expressing ideas & sentiments in clear, flowing prose, then all the more you should practice, weeks before the exam. Indeed, the announcement of an examination is one of the most disconcerting things for students of varying personalities and abilities, but with some preparation, you can breeze through it. Some university graduates advise preparing from the get-go, or during the first class session. By listening well to every class lecture, doing efficient note-taking and time management, doing your homework, and taking care of your health, you are well on your way to acing your university exams. So next time you set out to write a grueling examination, bear in mind all these tips and strategies. Believe in yourself and ace that test.
Note Taking Tips What does it take to be able to take good notes in your university classes and earn high marks when examination day comes? Does jotting down every other word your instructor utters make any sense? Notwithstanding a sharp memory and a great comprehension about the subject matter being discussed in class, an organized system of note taking is an essential matter that will serve you well way after you leave university. Taking good notes is like having a back-up armory during study time, or even during subsequent courses when the same subject matter is lined up for discussion. Moreover, given the various subjects you will have to absorb in a given school year, the average mind can only manage to remember so many. Certain points may seem crystal clear during the class lecture, but without good notes you can rely on, you stand to forget about 80 to 90 percent of what you heard. Your notes, especially if they are comprehensible, will come in very handy because they can help you focus on certain concepts and recall important parts of the lesson, heighten your understanding about the subject matter, and allow you to review and cast attention on items that require clarification. As such, it is very important to master the art of efficient note taking. It is advisable to review the class notes you jotted down a few minutes before the class ends or just before the next class with the instructor. If the instructor is the type who makes a quick recap of lessons discussed during the previous class, then that will be the best time to clarify points which are not clear to you. Key to good note taking is to listen well. Instead of attempting to write down everything, and ending up with unimportant phrases and details, try to absorb the gist of what your instructor is trying to convey. Create a mental picture of how the numerous details which the teacher is expressing is tied up to the main point or overall picture. Unfamiliar with some words the instructor is uttering? Write them down and look them up later during your free time. Jot down the date of each lecture and use dividers or separate pages for every major topic or new lesson. You may also use Post-It notes or flags that may be handy when review time comes. Try to find a seat near the instructor so that there will be less distractions and you¶ll be able to hear each and every important part of the lesson. Write down salient points, including short outlines or outline presentations summarizing key points. Learn to listen to cues and transitional words (like ³therefore´) that signal important parts of the lesson. Learn to read no-verbal cues as well which the instructor may be sending, but focus on the lesson, not on other things of which the instructor may be reminding you. Another important reminder in effective note taking is to abbreviate long words & use symbols & short phrases, but write in a legible manner so that you don¶t defeat the main purpose of those notes. Try to write as fast as you can, but skip the unimportant words like articles and prepositions. Finally, you may compare notes with a fellow student just in case there were still some important points you missed.
Success Tips Dear Students, To be successful in our endeavours is a dream for all of us. listed below are a few tips that can help you to come out in flying colors. 1. JOT DOWN NOTES EFFECTIVELY Your notes will help you remember and give you an idea as to what will be covered in the exam. By going through your notes you will remember the important concepts stressed by your teacher and you can prepare well for your exams. Taking notes will help you concentrate in the class. Pre-class Preview the relevant chapter in your textbook. Go through your notes from last class. Note down the questions to ask in class. Make sure you have paper and a pen or pencil. In the class Make sure you jot down important points from the lecture given, instead of writing everything. Look for hints from your teacher that help you select and organize main ideas. Use abbreviations wherever possible Leave space to add missing ideas later. Post class Read your notes over and fill in missing details as soon as possible. Check a classmate's notes to see if you missed significant details. Compare your notes to notes from text to get the complete picture. Go through your notes regularly and test yourself to see how much you can recall. . ACTIVE READING. It¶s very important to know an active reading technique that will enable you to learn and remember what you read. Survey: Before you start studying, take a few minutes to scan the main features of the text i.e. title, headings, introduction, summary, pictures/graphs, margin notes, etc. This will give you an idea of what the chapter is all about and what the big, important ideas are. Question: A better way to study faster and remember better is to turn the heading of the section into a question and try to answer it. i.e. add a question tag before heading like ³What is«.?´ Read: Read the section clearly to answer your question. Recall: Summarize the key points (out loud is best) in your own words, once you are done with reading the section. You can then note down few key points to review it later. Now go to the next section and repeat the above mentions procedure. Review: Once you are done with the reading, do a quick review by looking over the main ideas you have just read and see how they fit together. The next step is to test yourself by recalling (out loud) the points. Do this reviewing repeatedly. 3. WRITE YOUR ASSIGNMENTS EFFECTIVELY. Assignments are an important part of your studies. Your teachers assign them so that they can see how well you have understood the subject and how effectively you can discuss the pertinent ideas. Your goal is to use your papers to convince your teacher that you have good knowledge in the subject. Prepare Make sure you have understood what the assignment is all about. If you have a choice of topics, choose one that interests you. If there is no choice and if you didn¶t like the topic, then discuss with your teacher if you can approach the topic from an angle that appeals to you. Start your research early: schedule your time so that you have enough time for researching, composing, and revising. Compose Your paper should be planned well. First select the main ideas and supporting ideas relevant to the paper. Focus on your ideas and make a rough draft quickly. Refer to books, journals and websites for a better idea of the topic. Revise Make sure your ideas are clear and well organized. To check if your ideas are clear, ask your friends or family members or someone else to read and correct it
according to the feedback received. Finally, proofread your text for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and so forth. 4. PLANNING FOR GREAT ORAL PRESENTATIONS Generally most people feel anxious about making oral presentations. With a little practice and a few strategies you can gain the confidence you need to make a great presentation. Before List down few important points and use them as prompts. Your introduction should be prepared in such a way that you capture audience¶s attention. Practice your presentation by standing in front of the mirror or before your friends so that you don¶t feel nervous on the day of your presentations. While practicing use a timer so that you keep within the time limit. Don¶t read or memorize the content for speech. Instead try to understand the content so that you don¶t forget anything during your speech. During Overcome nervousness with the following tips Convince yourself that you are not nervous about facing the crowd. Relax yourself before you begin to take a few deep breaths. Try to establish eye contact with a friend or by just looking over the heads of those in the last row. Speak clearly and not too quickly. Brief your audience about what your topic is all about before your start your detailed speech. Summarize the main points at the end of your speech. After Invite the audience to ask questions. If you couldn't answer a question, don't bluff, instead tell the audience that you will find out and let them know. The handouts must be distributed only after your speech and not before, unless you want your audience to use it as references. 5) USE SMART TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES Exam is a very stressful situation to handle for many of us. This is where you're being evaluated and have to perform under a time limit. The key skill to manage the stress and perform well is to be a smart test -taker. Keep revising until the night before the test. Every week spe nd some time to revise your class notes and readings. Try to connect the important ideas into themes or "a big picture" and test yourself by trying to answer the questions. Take a mock exam. Prepare mock tests by yourself, which you can easily get from dif ferent sources (Sample papers, downloads from Internet). Giving mock tests builds confidence and strengthen problem solving skills. Plan your timing well on the exam. Before starting your exam, take a glance of all the questions quickly. Make a rough column by jotting down each question key words, ideas, formulas, etc. Also, mark the questions that seem to be easiest for you. Make a time plan by allocating the same percentage of time to all the questions of a particular section. Then, start with the easiest questions to build your confidence, and respect your time plan throughout to make sure that you have time to attempt every question. 6) MANAGE YOUR STUDY TIME As a student your schedule is likely to be a hectic one. Besides attending classes, doing homework and studying for tests and exams, you might also be busy with other hobby classes and attending tuitions. You need to manage your time very efficiently if you are to keep up with your studies and finish your assignments on time. Long Range View Take a long range view of the exams so that you have a general idea of everything. Set up a calendar and list out important due dates: assignments, tests, exams and so on. Week By Week List out everything that you need to do for each subject and include time for study, review, assignments and tests. Establish your priorities and re-work the time you need for each activity. Make a schedule for the week; include in it everything on your list. Always remember to Plan ahead. Add more time for major projects. Break major tasks down into smaller ones. Alternate between a difficult task and an easy one. Schedule the breaks properly.
Appreciate yourself after you complete the task. 7) BALANCE YOUR LIFE Spending all your time towards school work may sound like a sure way towards success, but living only for school can actually lead to burn-out. Likewise spending too much time on leisure or other activities can lead to major stress (or even failure). You must know the proper balance between time for school and time for everything else, which is a crucial step in achieving success. you play different roles in your life. You play the role of student, friend, child, sibling, etc.). Some of the roles will obviously demand more of your time compared to others. Determine how much time you can devote to each role. Plan and balance your time by allotting time for study, rest, play and also to do things you enjoy. Plan for the exams and assignments well ahead of time, so that you do not rush up learning and doing things in the last minute. Organize your time well by using time management strategies. 8) SET CAREER GOALS Goals keep us focused on a purpose. Setting career goals is a step towards success. It helps people to live from the future rather than dwell on the past. When you do not have a goal to move towards, it seems pretty pointless. So its very important to set goals. Lets see how to set goals in a right way. First ask yourself these questions to help you set your career goals Where do I want to be in next five to ten years? What will I be doing (studying, working)? In what ways will my studies help me in reaching my goal? What are the steps I need to take to reach my goal? What obstacles might prevent me from achieving this goal? What steps should I take to overcome these obstacles? 9) DEAL WITH PERSONAL ISSUES Life has its own way of giving us ups and downs when we least expect them. This will sometime move you away from studies. Its very important to realize and accept that there will be times when you ar e just not able to work or study because life¶s issues are demanding more attention. If this happens to you, be ready to seek out resources to help you deal with the situation. Recognize when a situation needs to be addressed. Deal with situations as they arise; don't let them drag on. Don't fool yourself into believing you can handle everything. Talk to a trusted friend or relative, who understands you better Make sure that your academics does not get disturbed in any way. Talk to your teachers for possible extensions. If you need further help, if a situation feels too overwhelming, or if you just want someone to talk to, then consider counselling professional offer safe, friendly, confidential personal counselling.
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