It’s just about the time of the academic year again when we all have to be assessed on how well we learned. Yup! You guessed it! It’s examinations week! I reckon this semester has been a whirlwind for me and I couldn’t be more excited to come closer to its conclusion. But before that, a few last hurdles to get past: reviewing for the exams.
Reviewing could be quite exhausting and challenging, especially after just finishing the final papers for the subjects. We may all have different techniques for reviewing lessons but here are some that I found useful and effective for me:
- Start studying way ahead before the exams. This is easier said than done but once mastered, could be proven more effective because it takes away having to panic as the exam day approaches
- Create an outline of the topics to be studied and take note of the ones that need extra practice or understanding from your end. This way you know where to spend extra hours on.
- Organize a group study session with friends. This is very helpful especially for topics that you might be needing help in understanding better. It is also an opportunity to share ideas or techniques in answering the exams.
- Take breaks in between studying. This is why planning for reviewing way ahead is key. I find this very helpful because taking breaks helps keep the brain relaxed and when the brain is relaxed, I find that it is easier to remember and ‘store’ valuable information.
- Have ample rest the night before the exams. While it is so tempting to go on and on until the wee hours of the morning, it is important to get enough sleep to perform better during the exams the following day.
On the day of the exams, do not forget to bring a pair of pens, a pair of pencils, and eraser, your ID, calculator and ruler for subjects requiring computations, and lots of courage! Good luck!