Exams are the bane of a student’s life. During exam season you find questioning the person who gave the concept in the first place. Students are full of innovative and creative ideas about examining an individual’s intellect without the exams. Just ask any student during his/ her exam period and you’ll be surprised!
Many researches that are not in favor of exams are remembered with facts and figures by students than the actual material they are required to remember for their exams!
Are exams really so bad? Should they be banned? What other measures shall be implemented? Let’s keep this discussion for a later time and focus on the ‘dreadful’ exams and how to combat them peacefully. (Yes, it’s possible)
Accept The Reality
Accept that no matter how much you hate exams (or that subject or the teacher) you have to appear for your exams and it’s the only way that you are credited for your intelligence (or lack of it). Prepare yourself for giving the exams and performing your best in them. Use positive self-talk. Be realistic and focus on your studies.
Set Up The ‘War’ Zone
Think of them as a war and be prepared to win over the enemy. Prepare a spot in your home, equip it with your study materials and necessary stationary that you will be needing during preparation and get ready to spent most f your day in the war zone. Keep your guides, notes, and other study material in an organized way in the place so you don’t have to waste time looking for a pen or some piece of paper during your devoted study time. Keep water within easy reach and sip on it from time to time to stay hydrated and active. You know we all get sleepy even at the sight of books! Keep snacks within your reach if you prefer munching while studying but don’t spent time munching rather than studying. And choose your snacks wisely.
Dedicate ‘Chunks’ Of Time For Studying
Allocate enough time in your schedule to cover up all the material. You may feel like ‘darya ko koozey me band karna‘ but you have to endure it. If you haven’t prepared the year round (or half-year for mid terms) you have to put in larger amounts of time into your studies to cover up everything. Stay focused and be fully concentrated towards learning and grasping the material instead of cursing and bad-mouthing teachers, books and exams.
Focus On The Hard Topics
Reverse plan and focus first on the difficult subjects so you can cover them with a much-needed relax state of mind. Go for understanding and learning, rather than rattay maring.
Practice Problems & Diagrams
No matter how highly you think of yourself, do practice formulas, problems, equations and diagrams. Sometimes a point gained here and there can be a lifesaver!
Don’t Prepare ‘Importants’ Only
No matter how lucrative it seems, don’t ever fall prey to preparing the ‘importants’ only and leaving the rest to fate. Remember “Allah helps those who help themselves”. So please give ample time to each section and prepare well.
Don’t Fall Victim to Over/ Under Allocation
Some students focus too much of their time and energy on one topic/subject/ area and then haphazardly prepare others. Don’t fall victim to over allocating or under allocating your time and energy. Plan carefully.
Social Media And Tech Will Still Be There
Rid yourself of distractions. Be smart and avoid your smart phone like plaque. Social media will still be there after your exams. Focus on studies rather than socializing, sharing and being tech-savvy.
Eat well & Sleep Well
Eat and sleep well to ensure proper health and active brain. Stay active. This will rid you of ‘boredom’ you fell during exam preparation. But don’t overdo on sleeping and eating. Remember time is precious and eating and sleeping well doesn’t require a lot of time.
Good luck for your exams!