We all are involved in one activity or the other, but how can we manage our activities when we have an exam to write. Many useful tips can help prepare you for an exam and also improve your scores. However, in this article, we will be talking about things you should never do before your exams.
During an exam, you may have a gap of minimum two to three days between your papers, sometimes it’s just one day, or you may also have back-to-back exams. Learning how to manage your activities during this period is essential. Below are lists of things you should avoid.
1. Stay away from social media: One way or the other, we are addicted to our phones. Thus, you should try your best to fight the urge of using your phone. It is an addiction which takes away most of your time. For instance, you may start a conversation with your friend, along the line, the discussion gets interesting, and you tend to lose focus.
You may want to check what’s happening on Facebook to see what your friends have posted and then you also feel like posting later. You would want to see how many likes you’ve got on that post, so the story never ends. Without realization, you lose so many odds with so much distraction and unnecessary thoughts in your head which does not allow you to concentrate on studies.
2. Do not ask the most common question friends ask each other during exam preparation; how much have you finished studying? Most of us are fond of asking our pairs or friends if there are through studying or finish reading the course outline. This is a question we should avoid asking.
The reason is that the moment you ask such question and you find out your friend has covered more chapters than you have or has finished studying, that very moment, tension sets in and you start getting negative thoughts in your head about low grades, low marks, your admission, your future, and then you try rushing through all the chapters to reach your friend space compromising on the quality of studies.
And if your friend has studied less than you, then you get relaxed and slow down your preparation. So, the important point here is not to compare your preparation with anyone else.
3. Talking to your friend to find out which books they are referring to and if it is different from the one you have used: Doing this will only get you tensed and put you in a position to buy a new book before your exam.
4. Do not change your book at the last minute: Do not switch books to study during the last hour. A textbook with anyone reference book is sufficient. So stick to the book you have been using all throughout the year.
5. Avoid procrastination: Never procrastinate before your exams. If you have three days’ preparation left for your exam, then divide the odds according to the chapters equally and use the first two days well. If you keep postponing your studies, you will end up piling a lot to do for the last eight hours which will make you tense.
6. Ensure you don’t get influenced by the method and the way or the timetable that your friend is using: You are unique, use the strategy that suits your way of learning. Your friend may finish all the easy chapters first and keep the difficult ones for the last minute, but you may like to study the difficult ones first. Do not copy anyone’s strategy, instead, stick to yours.
7. Do not change timetable at the last minute: If you have to study for five hours in the day, then you have to study and become determined to achieve that goal. You can check out other information online if you do not know how to prepare a study timetable.
Next, if you have left any chapter for option do not try to study it just a date before the exams. Stick to what you’ve already studied and spent more time revising your content rather than studying things for the first time.
8. Try not to just read illustrations or go through diagrams and flowcharts: Illustrations, diagrams, and flowcharts are essential. But after reading or going through them, time yourself and write the answer based on it. It will give you more confidence to attempt questions; this method is a very useful way for revision.
9. Do not eat outside food, prepare your food yourself if possible: Eating outside may make you sick at the wrong time. Eat home-cooked food which is easy to digest. Also, eating heavy food will make you sleepy. Thus, keep your meals light, eat plenty vegetables and fruits.
10. Do not oversleep: Having sufficient amount of sleep just before your exams is good, but that does not mean that you should sleep more. Avoid oversleeping as it may make you lethargic and lazy. A sound sleep for six hours is enough during exams.