“When preparing for a marathon, a person is not supposed to train for eighteen hours. Similarly, when preparing for exams, don’t measure the number of hours on the desk as a marker for good grades”
It is that time of the year where stress is at its peak, tantrums grow manifold and relationships between parents and children get sour. No matter the amount of preparation, it always seems less and we end up stressing our children out.
Here are some strategies that you can use which will keep everyone’s sanity intact and result in better preparation and confidence.
Start preparing early.
By all means avoid last minute cramming. And for that you need to start preparing in advance.
Make a study schedule and DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING FOR THE LAST MINUTE.
Check your exam schedule, make a note of your syllabus and mark the number of days left. Organize your study schedule well.
Organize your study space.
Make sure you have enough space to spread out all your books, notes and computer. Ensure that there is enough light and the chair is comfortable.
Get rid of all distractions and keep things that help you focus. Some people like listening to soft music while some like an aesthetic appeal with added fairy lights and candles. Whatever makes your space friendly and comfortable, just go for it!
Use flow charts and diagrams.
Visual aids are helpful while revising so write down everything you already know about the subjects. Closer to the exam, transform your revision notes into a diagram.
Getting your ideas down in this brief format will help you recall everything!
Practice on previous year’s exam papers.
This is one of the most effective way to prepare for exams. It helps you get used to the format of the questions and practicing also ensures you will finish your exam on time.
Explain your answers to others.
With the help of your family members, you can excel in your exams. It helps in knowing how well you have prepared and also to highlight any areas where you need more wotk.
Plan study sessions with friends.
As long as you make sure that the focus is on studying and helping each other in areas where help is needed, study sessions are a great way to uplift the mood and is an effective way to challenge yourself!
Take regular breaks.
Studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really help.
Do not feel guilty about spending some time in the sun. Vitamin D is essential for a healthy brain.
Snack on healthy food.
Try not to eat unhealthy food while you are studying. You may feel like you deserve a treat but what you eat can really have an impact on your energy levels and focus so keep away from junk food!
Especially on the day of exam- eat a good breakfast for a slow release of energy throughout.
Avoid sugary food and drinks as they will crash your energy levels within an hour!
Plan you exam day.
Make sure you get everything you are going to need for the exam. Check your wifi connectivity for online exams and arrange everything on your desk a day in advance.
Take exercise breaks and drink lots of water.
Remember that being hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Also make sure you move around after every hour. Stretch, do jumping jacks or take a short walk. But remember to keep moving!
And lastly, remember that coming first in class is not the goal, but giving your best shot is!
All the best.