It’s a little overdue I think but then everything happens for a reason ;). This is part two of Examination Excellence. In case you missed Pre Exam (part 1), just click here!
We know so far the basics concerning what to do before exams. Tips for during exams are kind of hard to outline but I’ve highlighted a few for you guys. Thanks for your responses on part 1 and I hope this helps as well. Enjoy!
1) Sleep well
Yes, Sleep! There’s no point in you getting sick during the exam or dozing in the hall so as much as you may need to sacrifice some hours of sleep, you should sleep a little! It not only relaxes your body but your mind as well.
2) Double check EVERYTHING
Be sure to make sure you have everything you need for the exam the previous day – especially for morning papers. I still advise that you cross check just before you leave for the exam. You may have taken something and forgotten to return it or put something close by so as not to forget but lo and behold … So be extra careful!
3) Revise your notes with enough time to spare
This is particularly tricky. I mean you can’t control time but if you study well before exams, you just need to revise so plan your time to revise that particular course the previous day or the morning before for papers much later in the day. Giving yourself adequate time reduces the pressure placed on you thereby reducing tension and making it easier to assimilate knowledge.
4) Get there on time
My definition of on time in this case is at least 5 minutes before the official time. Give enough time to accommodate delays and ‘unforeseen circumstances’. Once you’re late, it affects your mental game and the time you spend trying to find balance again is time wasted. Just avoid all that and get to your venue on time.
5) Discard your panic button
There is nothing you can do again once its time for the paper whether you’re done reading or not.
There is nothing you can achieve if you freak out about the size of material you have left to cover.
Just don’t panic – It makes things even worse! Try and stay calm at all times. Do your best to cover what you have to. If you can’t, it may be somewhat unfortunate; if you can, how great for you but ultimately panic can cause failure in itself.
Those are five basic rules. Before I forget, pray before you start and after you’re done. I have a few more but you can add to your list by building on these. Personally, (even though I do it sometimes, I’m trying to stop) I don’t like going over the questions to see which ones I got wrong because it’s sort of depressing when you dwell on it. Some tests however, I like to review so I can have knowledge of it for the main exams.
Like I said, it depends on you. Create your own list but these are 5 basic tips.
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