Throughout the current COVID-impacted educational landscape, students worldwide, like their teachers, have found themselves navigating the often unfamiliar terrain of online learning and examinations. Here, Ashley Lipman provides some helpful tips that teachers and educators can share with their students to ensure they are able to prepare for exams efficiently and effectively.
Whether you’re a registered nurse looking to gain more certifications or a high school student who wants to pass their next test, these tips will will help learners at all levels.
• Know your exam: Study recent past papers. Many chapters and sections in your textbook will have more weightage in your final exams than others, and it’s always a great idea to study those first.
• Think about how you learn best: You might be able to learn things faster by writing them down, while others may have an easier time by reading something. If you learn better when things are read out loud to you, you can record yourself reading an important section or a list of facts and play it on repeat until you’re confident you have it memorized.
• Manage your time effectively: Cover what’s important first, not what’s written first in your books, and learn things in whatever way is fastest for you. Be smart about your study schedule and don’t sacrifice too much of your sleep if you can avoid it.
• Don’t spend equal time on all subjects: Some subjects are easier for you than others, and you may even have that one subject that you absolutely hate, but still need to study to pass. Plan for your revision according to how hard you find a subject. In addition, you should cover all the hardest subjects first and get them out of the way. This way if you end up taking more time than you wanted on them, you’ll still be able to prepare for your easier subjects in a rush and won’t risk too much loss.
• Look after yourself: While you’re studying for your exams, look after yourself and be careful about what you eat. Take frequent breaks and don’t miss out on too much sleep. Avoid eating junk food and snack on things that are good for the brain, like fruits and yoghurt. If you want your brain functioning perfectly, keep yourself hydrated both when you study and during your exam. You won’t be doing anyone any favors by studying so hard you fall sick, and your performance on exam day suffers even when you were well-prepared.