In preparing for an exam, while some students do seem to thrive on the popular last-minute studies, it is widely accepted that this method is not the best way to approach any exams particularly in institutions of higher learning. As you get into higher classes, learning should be a way of life, rather than an activity that you do sometimes only. There are also instances where students become fond of wasting much time creating plans and making a schedule before studying, and when they study, they don’t bother studying too hard. Some students feel that because they made a good grade in the secondary school examinations, therefore passing the undergraduate exams wouldn’t be such a big deal.
There are lots of conventional advice out there that contradict this reasoning. Unfortunately, most students are already deep in this conventional exams study methodologies that do not apply to their individual capacity. hence they experience academic stagnation as they proceed in their academic journey. Let’s discuss some of these exams preparation tips.
Have a Smart Reading Plan and follow it
Naturally, it makes sense to make an examination plan and stick to it. Unfortunately, when you spend too much time planning before you’ve taken any action is like reading how to ride a bicycle without having an actual bicycle to practice with. All the theory and planning will quickly go out the window once the real study begins. Therefore, worry about one day at a time consistently studying and focusing on subject outline than the entire course/subject per semester.
Being Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough
In the education line, you will come across some student who believes in ‘doing the minimum’. Hence they study only for a few hours. Well, doing the minimum is like just being good enough. But being good enough isn’t good enough if you are not making the desired score in your exams. Just getting a passing grade in life will not get you the opportunity to become a better student because the knowledge you will get from studying to pass an exam will become an added experience to you in your career. In fact, the rest of your career is dependent upon the knowledge you will get studying.
Past Questions are not Enough
Generally, students become past question centered that is exclusively the compilation of previous examination papers taken by other candidates that sat for such examination. So, if you study past question really hard, you might do really well on the actual exam. But let’s say you study only previous years questions then took the exams and discovered that the questions were changed. You will do awful, regardless of how well you’ve studied past questions. Past questions are meant to be tools to help students learn the focus, find the gaps and be informed of what they need to study. Not the actual content of the exams. Little wonder students are encouraged, in addition to mastering past questions, to read additional textbooks and related materials.
Do Not be Too Confidence
There are moments when previous exams experiences will help but there are times when one has to focus and concentrate on the exam by updating his/her study materials, surrounding yourself with other like-minded students, supporting each other and discussing the actual exam.
Remember to work hard, and help others that aren’t as far along as you. Focus on that and you will get through the exams with flying colours.