HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY PREPARE FOR AN EXAMINATION

Sep 6, 2019 by

Examinations are a big of a deal they are a way of testing how much one has actually understood on a particular subject. There are various things one can do to successfully prepare for them

Let’s delve into specifics

  • Have enough time to study

It is advisable, especially as a student, to make a study schedule weeks prior. This gives you enough time to study and avoid any last-minute revisions.

Some students swear by last-minute revision. This is a partial way of studying and is not the best way of doing things. The best approach would be to write down the number of examinations you have, how many pages have to be studied and the number of days left until the exams. After you have done that, re-organize yourself and study accordingly.

  • Try practice tests

One of the most effective ways of exam preparations is the use of practice tests. For example, nursing is a field that should not be taken lightly because people’s lives are at stake. So, investing in ANCC practice tests is your best ally. 

Old exam versions are also another way to go. It will help you get familiar with the format and how questions are formulated. With these, you will know what to expect when you sit for the main exams.

  • Organize your study space well

Your study space can either be in class, in your hostel room or at home. Just make sure that wherever you decide to study, you have enough space on your desk; big enough to place your books, notes and other study materials.

The room should also be bright enough to avoid possible eye strain while studying and your chair restful enough to avoid back train that may lead to severe back problems in the future. Also, make a point of doing a thorough survey of your study area and get rid of anything else that is likely to distract you. 

Some people study with some soft music while others prefer total silence. Others want a clutter-free environment while some do not mind the clutter. Just make sure the environment is friendly so that you are able to concentrate.

  • Make use of flow charts and diagrams

Making use of visual aids like flow charts and diagrams is very helpful when revising. Before you start revision on a specific topic, write down everything you know about the topic. A few days or a week to the exam, transform your notes into visual aids. Visual aids are easier to remember and will play a big part in determining your readiness to sit for the exams.

  • Organize study groups

Not only are study groups good to further revise on your examinations, but it is also a great way to get together with friends and do something constructive. Since different people from various backgrounds are involved, getting answers you need becomes easier. You are also able to finish tasks faster.

The point thou is to get a group that is focused and not easily distracted.

  • Take regular breaks

Too much work with no play makes Jack a dull boy. There is only too much studying the brain can take at a go. Regular breaks will ensure the brain regains focus. It also allows the mind to retain much of knowledge. Just remember that the most crucial part of studying as a whole, and not just exam revision, is to develop a study routine that suits your preference.

  • Plan for the exam day

It is best to be prepared for the big day; check all the rules and regulations required for the exams. Plan everything before-hand so that you get to the exam destination well before time in case of unprecedented mishaps.

Do everything in your power to have everything in order because the last thing you would want to deal with, is anxiety.

  • Snack healthy and drink plenty of water

Eating healthy is one of the best things one could do for themselves. Healthy snacking is also good for the brain. Natural, fresh and foods rich with vitamins will be good to boost your brain’s concentration.

Additionally, staying hydrated throughout while studying and during the examinations is vital in ensuring an overall positive mood.

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